HALIFAX, Oct. 2, 2017 /CNW/ - Jazz Aviation LP ("Jazz") announced today that two Jazz Aviation and Northern Lights Scholarships for Indigenous Women ("scholarship") have been awarded at the Elsie MacGill Northern Lights Award Gala, held in Vaughan, Ontario, on September 30, 2017.
Jazz, in cooperation with the Northern Lights Aero Foundation, and non-profit organization, Indspire, created two $5,000 scholarships to assist female Indigenous students in pursuing their education through aviation or aerospace programs offered at a Canadian post-secondary institution or a Transport Canada-approved flight training school.
"As one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers, we are thrilled to have worked with the Northern Lights Aero Foundation to create this opportunity to encourage Indigenous women to enter the aviation and aerospace industry. It's important for us to raise awareness and support inclusion not only at Jazz, but also in the communities we serve," said Kirk Newhook, Vice President, Employee Relations, Jazz. "Through these scholarships, we are proud to support two very deserving students who have promising futures in Canada's aviation sector."
The program is administered by Indspire. Selection is made by a committee of representatives, who base their decisions on the student's academic achievement and demonstrated need. Indspire awarded the inaugural Jazz Aviation and Northern Lights Scholarships for Indigenous Women to Zoey Petit, Honors student at Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies, and to Kandace Sittchinli, First Peoples' Aviation Technology – Flight student at the First Nations Technical Institute.
"We are proud to partner with Jazz to offer this important scholarship for Indigenous women pursuing careers in aviation," said Lynne McMullen, Director, Education and Scholarships, Northern Lights Aero Foundation. "We look forward to celebrating the future success of the recipients as they grow and make their mark in aviation and aerospace in the years to come."
About Jazz Aviation LP – A Chorus Aviation Inc. company
Jazz Aviation LP has a strong history in Canadian aviation with its roots going back to the 1930s. Jazz is owned by Chorus Aviation Inc. (TSX: CHR). As the largest regional carrier in Canada, Jazz has a proven track record of industry leadership and exceptional customer service, and has leveraged that strength to deliver value to all its stakeholders. Jazz operates more flights and flies to more Canadian destinations than any other airline, and has a workforce of approximately 4500 professionals, highly experienced in the challenging and complex nature of regional operations.
There are three divisions operated by Jazz Aviation LP: Air Canada Express, Jazz Technical Services and Jazz.
Air Canada Express: Under a capacity purchase agreement with Air Canada, using the Air Canada Express brand, Jazz provides service to and from lower-density markets as well as higher-density markets at off-peak times throughout North America, with a fleet of 117 Canadian-made Bombardier aircraft.
Jazz Technical Services: Established in May 2016 as a separate division, Jazz Technical Services ('JTS') is dedicated to heavy maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of Bombardier aircraft. JTS provides MRO services to third parties while maintaining the dedication and commitment to its primary customer, Air Canada.
Jazz: Under the Jazz brand, the airline offers charters throughout North America with a dedicated fleet of Bombardier aircraft for corporate clients, governments, special interest groups and individuals seeking more convenience. Jazz also has the ability to offer airline operators services such as ground handling, dispatching, flight load planning, training and consulting.
About Northern Lights Aero Foundation
The foundation's cause is to attract young women to enter careers in any sector of aviation and aerospace, by recognizing and celebrating the achievements of accomplished women in these fields. We strive to inspire and encourage increased participation in aviation and aerospace by promoting awareness of the vast career opportunities within. We work closely with organizations to ensure they recognize and benefit from women's diverse talents.
SOURCE Chorus Aviation Inc.
For further information: Media contacts: Jazz Aviation LP: Teri Udle, (902) 873-5047, Halifax, NS, [email protected]; Northern Lights Aero Foundation: Joy Parker Blackwood, (905) 841-7930, [email protected]