West Canada Section - Manitoba Chapter 

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Chapter Chair:  Cindy Jensen Glover

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Manitoba Chapter Ninety Nines Award 2013 Scholarship

This year's scholarship was awarded to Paulette Klassen at the Manitoba Aviation Council Annual Gala Dinner, April 25, 2012. Paulette is a grandmother and a late starter in aviation. But she's hooked on flying as is her husband Murray. They own a Piper Arrow hangared at Steinbach North airport. Paulette plans to apply the scholarship towards her night rating and IFR rating. She is currently taking instruction from Aaron Doherty at Harv's Air in Steinbach. We wish her all the best with her future in aviation.

Paulette Klassen, Scholarship winner

Photo: by Lou Milhausen (l to r) Bette Holtman presenting the award for Manitoba Chapter, Paulette (the winner) and Murray Klassen, Aaron Doherty (Paulette's Instructor) at the Manitoba Aviation Council Annual Dinner.

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We hosted a very successful "Women Fly" event in March 2013.  Click here to read all about it.


The Manitoba Chapter of the Ninety-Nines generously provided an annual membership as one of the 100+ prizes distributed at our “Women Fly” event where TWO World Records were set: Most Female-Friendly Airport = St Andrews Airport, and, Most Female Friendly Pilot is Frank Roberts from Custom Helicopters. Ms. Amy Johnson, a student-pilot about to fly her first solo cross country trip, was a volunteer marshaller and her name was drawn for the One-Year 99s membership. At the award presentation, Bette Holtman and Cindy Glover introduced Amy to the 99s Magazine, Scholarships, upcoming Poker Derby, and the 99s Museum. Amy was thrilled to learn about our organization, plans to mount on her wall the certificate Mary Lou Milhausen made up, and has volunteered to help with the 99s Poker Derby.  



Amy has “…always loved aviation and flying, even from a very young age. While other girls my age dreamed about being cowgirls and music stars, I wanted to be a pilot. It's always been that way for me. My parents have been extremely supportive of my dream and as soon as I was old enough and had the chance to start, I did.” She embraces, “The chance to help introduce more women and girls to aviation, which I've always loved and been passionate about….” Amy started out volunteering for EAA Young Eagles, COPA for Kids, and earlier “Women Fly” events at Lyncrest. She says, it’s important “to spread the word that women can become pilots too, it isn't just a "man's world". Everyone should have the chance to pursue their dreams, both men and women. I think this was a great way to spark an interest and encourage the next generation of women pilots who might not have previously considered a career in aviation due to outdated stereotypes.” Congratulations and welcome Amy, see you at the Poker Derby May 25th!

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The Manitoba Chapter (West Canada Section) awards an Rosella Bjornson Scholarship annually.  Please contact the Chapter for past winner information.

 In 2004, Bethe Stenning won the Cornelia Fort Memorial Scholarship.  Bethe is part of the Pro 99s Network.

In December 2001 Shirley Render was named INAC's 2001 Roll of Honour Winner for her outstanding historical works and leadership!

In November, 2000, Daphne Boothe received this scholarship, to be used toward her commercial licence.  She received $ 900 to be used for flight training and a membership in the Ninety-Nines.  Daphne was a glider instructor, and will be a good role model for other young women aspiring to a career in aviation.

Anyone wishing to donate to the fun will receive an income tax receipt.  Donations may be sent to the Manitoba Chapter Ninety-Nines Scholarship Fund, e/o The Winnipeg Foundation, 301-161 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3B 0Y4. (204) 944-9474.

In addition, the Chapter organizes a Poker Derby and other fundraising activities to award the scholarship each year.

Rosella Bjornson helped organize the Manitoba Chapter while living in Winnipeg in 1970. 

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