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2011 - Alexandra Kindrat, Academic, M.S. in Space Studies Montreal Chapter, East Canada Section
Alexandra is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Space Studies, specializing in Human Space Flight, at the International Space University, in Strasbourg, France. A pilot and Ninety-Nines member since the age of 17, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Physiology, a Bachelor of Education in Science and Technology, as well as a Master of Science in Neurology and Neurosurgery from McGill University. Along with her current doctoral studies in Montreal, she is pursuing research at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, and is involved in studies being conducted on the International Space Station looking at the effects of space on the human brain. Alexandra enjoys a wide variety of activities including scuba diving, surfing, and skiing, and is highly implicated in Canadian federal politics. As an educator in Montreal, and a Canadian Space Agency student ambassador, Alexandra continues to have an important role in sparking an interest in aerospace to future generations of enthusiasts.2011 Alexandra Kindrat, Montreal Chapter, Masters in Science of Space Studies.
2011 Cindy Pang, BC Coast Chapter, Instructor Rating.
I am truly honoured to be selected for the 2011 Amelia Earhart Scholarship. As a little girl living in Hong Kong, I was first introduced to airplanes by my Father who brought home a battery operated B747. The fascination with airplanes was always somewhere in my subconscious from that moment on. In this busy world, time came and went. I studied Fashion Design and worked as a Metal Designer in Montreal. Then after being laid off during a recession, I was hired by Air Canada as a Customer Service Agent in Vancouver. My transfer to the airport, interaction with pilots and the perpetual excitement that only the aviation industry can arouse, made me realize I needed to follow my life’s interest. I do not want to be just the passenger, I want to have control and pilot the plane. My first lesson was in July, 2003 and I obtained my PPL in 2005 and CPL in 2006. With the help of this scholarship I can continue with my goal of becoming a professional pilot. My most recent accomplishment was my cross Canada solo flight in a Cessna 150. On this trip I encountered many great people who aided, guided and supported me along the way. Thank you to everyone and to my family for their support. It is a great honour to be amongst an elite group of women pilots in this great organization of The Ninety-Nines.
Noriko worked for Japan Airlines in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for 19 years, taking early retirement in 1993 and relocating to Toronto, Ontario. Inspired by an article she read detailing an around the world trip by three Ninety-Nines, Noriko began flight training at Buttonville Airport and her passion was ignited. She received her private certificate in 1996, followed by the commercial certificate in 2000 and instrument rating in 2001. Recently, she has flown as an inspector/pilot for a major pipeline. As a part of The Ninety-Nines Skywatch program (in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment), she has logged nearly 2,000 hours to date. Noriko feels very much “at home” in the aviation field and pursues her love of flying at every opportunity. Her recent coast-to-coast flight will be topped when she realizes her dream of a transatlantic flight to Europe. She is very honoured to be considered for this prestigious scholarship. With the new knowledge gained from her studies, she looks forward to passing on the joy of flying to as many aviation enthusiasts as possible.
2009 - KELLY SHERET (Canadian Rockies Chapter ) - Multi-engine Instrument
Please allow me to extend my gratitude to The
Ninety-Nines for having faith in me and supporting me on my career path. It is a heartwarming experience
for me to be a mentor, lend a hand and support any fellow female aviator in order to
help her achieve her goals. It is truly amazing to see that with encouragement and networking
we can make our dreams come true. There is so much reward in this work. I get to
experience the joy almost every day. My dream has come true. The new Pilatus PC 12 N/G has
arrived. My flight training is complete, and I am an official first officer with V. Kelner
Pilatus Center. My Multi-engine IFR training will begin in May. I am so excited about my life.
2008 Anna Stromemberg, Maple Leaf Chapter - New
Pilot Award 2007 Laureen Nelson-Boutet,
First Canadian Chapter, won an Instrument Rating Scholarship "My immediate goal is to become a
proficient Instrument-rated pilot as I enjoy cross country flying and
participating in air rallies. I own a Cessna Cutlass RG that
recently underwent an exciting avionics upgrade. I became a
Private Pilot in 1990, followed by a Night Rating in 1991 and have
been an active member of the Ninety-Nines since 1992. It was
while attending the University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario for
Veterinary Medicine that I became interested in flying. I often
speak to students about non-traditional careers, plus I enjoy sports.
I look forward to many more years of participation in this incredibly
supportive, interesting and fun group of individuals." 2006 Marilyn Dickson,
First Canadian Chapter, Research
2007 Laureen Nelson-Boutet, First Canadian Chapter, won an Instrument Rating Scholarship
"My immediate goal is to become a proficient Instrument-rated pilot as I enjoy cross country flying and participating in air rallies. I own a Cessna Cutlass RG that recently underwent an exciting avionics upgrade. I became a Private Pilot in 1990, followed by a Night Rating in 1991 and have been an active member of the Ninety-Nines since 1992. It was while attending the University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario for Veterinary Medicine that I became interested in flying. I often speak to students about non-traditional careers, plus I enjoy sports. I look forward to many more years of participation in this incredibly supportive, interesting and fun group of individuals."
2006 Marilyn Dickson, First Canadian Chapter, Research Scholarship
"I developed an interest in flying growing up in the suburbs of the city of Eindhoven in Holland. Behind my house was an air force base from which a variety of fascinating planes would be taking off and landing every day. After my family moved to Canada my father worked in the aviation industry and sometimes he would take me to work with him near Toronto’s, Malton Airport. There, I watched test flights of experimental aircraft. I took my first flying lesson in 1960 but was unable to pursue my interest at that time. Women at that time were not encouraged to pursue untraditional careers, so I became a teacher. When two of my three children were in university, the worst time of all financially and time wise, I finally went back to flying with the support of my husband Henry. The impetus was a bout with cancer and the realization that the time to do things you dream of, may never come unless you take the steps to do them here and now. A Private License was obtained in 1997, followed by a night rating, an IFR rating in 2001 and Commercial License in 2003. I am also involved with dragonboating and have competed with Canada’s National Team and received medals in world competitions in the USA, Rome Italy, Poland and in Shanghai, China. My story is in the book “How to Ride a Dragon”, which is about facing the “dragons” in your life, learning to live with them and allowing them to take you to places only dreamed of and beyond. "
2002: Susan Begg, Eastern Ontario Chapter won a scholarship to obtain an instrument rating.
At the 2001 99s International Convention in Calgary, four Canadian 99s won scholarships! Everyone was so delighted!
1999, Roberta Baker, West Canada Section - scholarship to complete her Class IV Instructor's rating.
1998, Wendy Boyes, West Canada Section - a scholarship to complete her IFR training.
1997, Shelley Breedon, East Canada Section - a Scholarship to get her Navajo Pilot Competency Check (PCC). She is now flying a Pilatus in Toronto.
1997, Wendy Boyes, West Canada Section - Scholarship for her instrument rating.
1993 - Denise Eggleston, East Canada Section - for her CFI.
1993 - Gladys Bowditch-Gordon, West Canada Section - for her instrument rating
1992 - Katherine Nazarian, East Canada Section - CFI
1991 - Lorraine Jones - CFI
1989 Karen Bailey, Alberta Chapter = instrument rating.
In 1986, Cathy Fraser, Eastern Ontario Chapter - type rating with a Navaho using her Scholarship. It secured her a job flying cargo two days later! She's now with Air Canada.
1985 - Elizabeth Wieben, ATP, ME
1984 - Georgina "Jo" Harris - ATP
1983, Shirley Render, West Canada Section - a Scholarship
for research. This helped cover her expenses when she wrote "No
Place for a Lady, the story of Canadian Women Pilots 1928-1992".
1977 - Roberta Taylor, West Canada Section - Multi-Engine
1976 - BJ Schermerhorn, Eastern Ontario Chapter - Multi-Engine
In 1970, Lorna deBlicquy, Eastern Ontario Chapter, won a
Scholarship, used to obtain her Class I instrument rating and ATR.
Lorna recently retired from flying, after winning numerous
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