Online Auction Builds Daily, Ends June 21st
Our "Driving Recovery June 5-7 Conference" Online Auction ends in the afternoon of June 21, 2023. This auction supports our scholarship and other programs. The BCAC administers the largest scholarship program in Canada for aviation and aerospace students. We're actively working to help alleviate the looming labour shortage in our industry by encouraging and supporting the younger generation achieve their dreams of working in the aviation and aerospace industry in BC and beyond. Bid on great items and support a worthy cause - including tickets for two anywhere in Air Canada's network (yes, that includes the new service to Bangkok).
New items being added daily.
One half of gross revenues support our Canada-leading Scholarship Program, and the rest drives our other initiatives, especially our very popular Youth Engagement activities. Current average bid is at just 30% of Fair Market Value. Our thanks to our first 21 item donors.
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Heather McCarley, BCAC Chair; Dolleen Logan, Chief Lheidli T’enneh First Nation; Gordon Duke, President and CEO, Prince George Airport Authority
Chief Dolleen Logan Aviation and Aerospace scholarship created
In partnership with the Prince George Airport Authority, the BC Aviation Council (BCAC) has announced a new scholarship named after Lheidli T’enneh First Nation Chief Dolleen Logan. During the start of its three-day annual "Driving Recovery" conference held in Prince George, the BCAC announced that the Chief Dolleen Logan Aviation and Aerospace Scholarship worth $3,000 annually will be awarded to any self-identified Indigenous person in Canada. Its focus is to support an education program in B.C. that leads to any kind of career in aviation and aerospace.
“I am honoured on behalf of our nation to have this new BC Aviation Council scholarship in my name. The creation of this scholarship to support an Indigenous person from across Canada who wants to have a career in aviation and aerospace industry is a sincere gesture of Truth and Reconciliation of the part of the BC Aviation Council and its members,” said Logan.
Earlier this year, Lheidli T’enneh also signed a collaboration agreement with the Prince George Airport Authority that will see the two work together moving forward.
“The announcement today of a new scholarship for an Indigenous person from across Canada who wishes to pursue a career in aviation or aerospace is proof the industry in BC is serious about developing closer working relations with First Nations. I am truly honoured to be part of this positive initiative,” added Logan. “Look into aviation, become a pilot, spread your wings and fly. We need more First Nations in the industry. There's a shortage of pilots. So, hopefully it will encourage more people to apply for and get into the industry.”
BCAC Chair Heather McCarley said the industry is struggling with a human resources crisis and the way to change that is to make careers in aviation more affordable and inclusive.
“The aviation and aerospace industry is struggling with a critical labour shortage. To solve this crisis, we must attract new entrants from under-represented groups in our industry such as Indigenous Youth and Students from smaller communities,” said McCarley. “To this end we have established this permanent scholarship in partnership with the Prince George Airport Authority to thank Chief Logan for her gracious welcome.”
Prince George Airport Authority President and CEO Gordon Duke said the scholarship represents the organization’s core values.
“Not only does it promote education in the aviation sector, it focuses on First Nations students and expanding their opportunities to further their education. We hope one day the recipient of this scholarship may come work for us here at YXS.”
Interested students, and people changing careers or re-entering the workforce, are encouraged to review all scholarships and applications at bcaviationcouncil.org.
The BC Aviation Council administers over $100,000 a year in awards – Canada’s largest aviation and aerospace scholarship program. Applications open January 15th each year.
(Source/Photo: Prince George Citizen, Hanna Peterson, ed. BCAC)
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BCAC's Regional Strength Demonstrated Thanks to Our Sponsors
A sincere THANK YOU to all the Sponsors for this year's "Driving Recovery" conference. Ensuring that the Council is diversified and inclusive is one of our core values. Holding an exceptional and successful event outside Victoria-Vancouver-Whistler-Kelowna quadrangle is extremely important since we are a Regional Council. Thanks to the great Team at YXS, an amazing Conference Committee and Sponsor support, we did it.
A fantastic base to continue building on.
Clearly reflecting this, here is the DRAFT future conference line-up:
Nanaimo YCD May 27-29, 2024 (it's a go!)
Kamloops YKA May 26-28, 2025 (discussions)
Cranbrook YXC May 25-27, 2026 (confirming commitment)
Kelowna YLW May 24-26, 2027 (pending completion new airport hotel)
Campbell River YBL May 29-31, 2028 (confirming commitment)
Castlegar YCG May May 28-30, 2029 (musing)
Hosting a conference is a major commitment. While the BCAC takes all financial risk and provides significant Staff resources and expertise, the host Airport Community needs to provide $7500 in sponsorships, another $2500 in hard costs, plus substantial Staff and Volunteer resources. It is a major undertaking and we need to recognize all previous hosts - such as ZBB, YKL and YYJ - for their Herculean efforts.
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