Where are they now: Scholarship Winners

Oct 25, 2016

 

Meet Rachel, winner of the “BC Airports Committee Airport Ops/Management Training Scholarship” – 2012

Rachel’s inspiration for a career in aviation started after she graduated from university.  She started working on Sea Island and quickly became fascinated with the dynamics of the aviation industry and its environment.  This is when she decided to pursue education and a career in aviation.

After graduation from the Airport Operations program at BCIT, Rachel started her career as a Crew Scheduler at Central Mountain Air (CMA).  She moved from the Lower Mainland to Smithers where CMA’s head office is located.  While in this role she learned a lot about regional airline operations, crew training, and duty hours.  A while later, she was promoted to Crew Scheduling Lead where she maintained the day to day logistics of crew scheduling operations.

Next, wanting to further advance her career and gain different skill sets, Rachel accepted a term position at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR).  It was for a Noise Information Officer in the Environment department.  At first she was a bit hesitant to take an 8-month term, but she was glad she did.  She gained valuable experience and it opened doors with the Vancouver Airport Authority.

Currently, Rachel is working in a permanent position in the Environment department at YVR.  She is an Environmental Analyst in the Noise Management program.  As the analyst she undertakes noise initiatives, conducts data collection and analysis, engages with stakeholders and communities to discuss noise management at YVR, and responds to noise concerns from the public.

When asking Rachel about highlights she is proud of, she tells me about personal choices that had her stepping outside of her comfort zone several times.  First, the courage to go back to school.  Next, the move to Northern BC, and most recently, taking a term position to advance her career.  She is proud to have made such big decisions and knows she wouldn’t be where she is today if she hadn’t taken the chances.

While in school dealing with financial burden can look different from student to student.  Rachel worked 20 hours a week to cover tuition and expenses.  Receiving a scholarship helped lift some of that burden and it also gave her motivation to work hard to succeed so one day she could also give back to the aviation community.

What would be your advice for individuals applying to receive a scholarship?

“My advice would be to keep your mind open and seize the opportunities. Aviation is such a great industry with so many different opportunities, and there are lots of people willing to help and support.”

What would you like to say to encourage potential new donors?

“It was my honour to be one of the scholarship award recipients. It lightened my financial burden during my studies at BCIT and helped me be more motivated to work hard and succeed. I hope someday I can also give back to the aviation community and help individuals achieve their goals.”

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