2014 Award Recipients
Eva Martinez is a graduate of both the Royal Military College of Canada and the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering; she holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Engineering Management with a specialty in Aerospace. Eva served in Royal Canadian Air Force from 1989 to 2002 as an Aeronautical Engineer, retiring at the rank of Major.
During her military career, Eva helped the Chilean Air Force and the Guatemalan Army with the integration of women into their respective militaries. Most notably, Eva participated in the United Nations Mission to Guatemala (MINUGUA) as Canada’s first female military observer as part of an international contingent responsible for overseeing a ceasefire following the end of a 36-year old civil war.
Eva is currently a Director at UTC Aerospace Systems Landing Systems. She participates on several Boards including Women in Aerospace Canada , the Air Cadet League of Canada (Ontario Provincial Committee), and the Spanish Speaking Education Network.
Eva lives in Oakville, Ontario, with her husband, Bill Foster, and their three children – Emi (9), Ken (4), and Willa (3).
Flight Operations/Maintenance Award
Nachelle White has had a unique fifteen year career in Aviation. Instructing, flying cargo, Northern Canada flying forest fire suppression support and as a Dash 8 pilot flying in Africa and Asia for a humanitarian organization and transitioning back to Canada.
On a personal note Nachelle loves travelling and is currently at 54 Countries and counting. She has played with baby tigers in Thailand, watched the sunrise on a volcano in DRCongo, made it to Mt Kilimanjaro base camp and trekked the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. She is truly honoured to win this award!
Sandra McDonald had a successful, 20-year career with the Canadian Armed Forces including being the first woman Avionics Technician on the Aurora and the youngest Air Force member promoted to the rank of Master Warrant Officer in peace time from which she retired in 1999.
Since retirement, Sandra has remained a force to be reckoned with. She has continued her involvement with the CP140 Aurora fleet - as avionics engineering support staff, a contractor with Maritime Proving and Evaluation Unit (MP&EU) and then subsequently trained as a suitability coordinator at the US Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
As a community leader, Sandra has served on multiple town council economic development committees in Kentville, Nova Scotia. Currently, she is the President of the Valley Regional Hospital Foundation, and is involved in an $ 8-million campaign to build a new hospice and revitalize the hospital.
She is directly involved with student recruitment and industry relations which includes developing employment opportunities and internships. Lynne worked closely with Jazz Aviation to develop a direct entry cadet program for BAT graduates. She graduated social sciences at Western University in London Ontario and holds an ATPL and Class I flight instructor rating. Lynne has instructed and tested in the classroom and cockpit for over 18 years.
She is President of Collegiate Aviation Canada, Vice Chair of the AABI board of trustees, member of the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC) and UAA, serving on various committees with each. Lynne has presented at the ATAC AGM and spring conferences, WATs, AABI and UAA.
Roberta L Bondar O.C., O. of Ont., MD, PhD
After her spaceflight, Dr. Bondar headed an international space medicine research team working with NASA for more than a decade, continuing to find new connections between astronauts recovering from the microgravity of space and neurological illnesses here on Earth.
Influenced by the view of the world from space, Dr. Bondar photographed all of Canada's National Parks between 1998 and 2000 which resulted in the best selling books: Passionate Vision - Discovering Canada's National Parks and Canada - Landscape of Dreams.
Dr. Bondar is an Officer of the Order of Canada, appointed to the Order of Ontario and is a Laureate of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. She has received 24 honorary doctorate degrees from North American universities and is featured on the 2003 Canada Post Roberta Bondar astronaut stamp.
A respected advisor to industry and government she continues to speak to medical, scientific, corporate and environmental organizations about change, social responsibility and our environment.
She sits on the Governing Council of icipe a pan-African institute researching the effects of climate change on insect borne diseases which cause malaria and Dengue fever.
She is Co-Founder of The Roberta Bondar Foundation, formed to educate and improve knowledge of the environment. The Foundation inspires people to see their environment in a positive light, to become more attuned to its characteristics and factors that influence change and for some, to encourage them to seek a career in any of the sciences.
The Foundation's travelling exhibition Biodiversity and Extinction: "Within the Landscape – Art Respecting Life" opened at the Telus Spark Science Centre in Calgary. It includes Roberta Bondar's 51 photographic pieces that explore the biomes of our natural environment in Canada's National Parks, the Masai Mara National Reserve of Kenya, the Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in the USA and the Sahara Desert. It will be at the Science Centre until June 15th.
Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail is a writer, historian and speaker who specializes in telling hidden stories connected to Canada's past online, in print, and through presentations. She is the author of For the Love of Flying: The Story of Laurentian Air Services (2009) and the forthcoming Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North (2014). She was the first female president of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society in its fifty-year history, and was named Chatelaine's Maverick of the Year as well as to Avenue's Top 40 Under 40 list for her work. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband, son, and pets and is serving as the city's Historian Laureate until 2016.
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