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2010 Elsie MacGill Northern Lights Award nominations open

Feb. 18, 2010 - The First Canadian Chapter of the Ninety-Nines Inc., International Organization of Women Pilots is pleased to announce that it is now accepting nominations for the second annual Elsie MacGill Northern Lights Award.

February 18, 2010  By Carey Fredericks

This award is given anually to a woman who has made significant contributions to aviation or
aerospace in Canada. The first award was given to Heather Sifton in 2009 for
her contribution to the aviation community in her role as owner and operator of
Buttonville Airport, one of the busiest airports in Canada.
The award is named
after Elsie MacGIll, the first Canadian woman to graduate with a degree in
electrical engineering (U of Toronto). She also went on to receive an advanced
degree in aeronautics (U of Michigan) and become the first woman aircraft
designer. She became known as the "Queen of the Hurricanes" while she was the
chief engineer for Canada Car and Foundry in Thunder Bay, Ontario and oversaw
the wartime production of the Hawker Hurricane.

The 2010 recipient
will be honoured at the award dinner on October 1st at the School
Restaurant in Markham, Ontario. 
Nominations can be sent to
and the deadline to submit them is May 30th, 2010.  To obtain a nomination form go to


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