Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Northern Lights Award Foundation (NLAF) has announced the six winners of its 2014 aviation and aerospace awards. Each year, the national not-for-profit foundation honors outstanding Canadian women in aviation and aerospace who have made a significant contribution in their field and who continue to lay the groundwork for other women to enter or excel in these industries.

The 2014 NLAF winners are:

Pioneer Award

Dr. Roberta Bondar, Canada's first woman astronaut and the world's first neurologist in space

Flight Operations/Maintenance Award

Nachelle White, Dash 8 pilot flying in Africa and Asia for a humanitarian organization and transitioning back to Canada

Government/Military Award

Sandra McDonald, 20 year past service with the Royal Canadian Air Force supporting its CP-140 Aurora fleet; currently at Maritime Proving and Evaluation unit

Business Award

Eva Martinez, Director at UTC Aerospace Systems, Landing Gear; Director, Women in Aerospace-Canada

Education Award

Lynne McMullen, Chair of the School of Aviation and Flight Technology, Seneca College

Rising Star Award

Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail, WAI 49211, aviation author and historian and first female president of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society

The winners will be honored at the Annual Gala Awards Dinner and Ceremony on September 26 at Toscana Banquet and Conference Centre in Toronto, Canada. For tickets visit or call 416-877-2083. 

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