Last weekend we were fortunate to attend a community outreach initiative with a friend called “Girls Fly Too”. The event was founded by Kirsten Brazier in 2012. Kirsten is an Airplane and Helicopter pilot from the Lower Mainland who wanted to create an accessible event to educate and inspire women and girls to think about aviation as a career field worth exploring.
The reality is that “of 24,505 professional pilots in Canada only 1356 of them are women. Out of 19,601 aircraft engineers, only 560 of them are women. Less than 3% of the technical positions in the Royal Canadian Air Force, such as pilot or maintenance technician, are held by women. While the percentage of women in many other professions continues to grow, the percentage of women employed in the aviation and aerospace industries remains low.” (Girlsfytoo.ca)
So in celebration of International Women’s Day AND “Women of Aviation Worldwide Week” (I didn’t know this existed.), the back side of the Abbotsford Airport was transferred into a place where anything is possible and dreams come true.