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Air Georgian and OWHA Partner, Encouraging Women in Hockey to SOAR


Air Georgian and OWHA Partner, Encouraging Women in Hockey to SOAR

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MISSISSAUGA, ON, Aug. 20, 2018 /CNW/ - Air Georgian's Sharing Opportunities for Advancement and Reward (SOAR) program continues to grow with the addition of the Ontario Women's Hockey Association (OWHA). This partnership fulfills the aviation awareness focus of SOAR by promoting the rewarding opportunities aviation offers women in organized sports.

Air Georgian CRJ First Officer Samantha Mincone played hockey growing up, and later found her passion for flying following an Air Georgian initiative educating female hockey players about the similarities between playing hockey and life as a pilot. (CNW Group/Air Georgian Limited)

"We're very excited to join the SOAR family," said Fran Rider, President and CEO at OWHA. "We focus on creating opportunities for women, and this partnership will help us further develop our mission. By providing girls with early awareness of the aviation industry we hope they will recognize their potential to make a difference in a male-dominated field."

"Team sports like hockey help young women develop talents and skills they can apply in the workplace as they grow into the leaders of tomorrow," said Julie Mailhot, COO at Air Georgian. "Female youth hockey players are powerful examples of those working to break down gender barriers and overcome gender bias. We're eager to partner with OWHA to support these women by opening doors in aviation and providing opportunities for them to achieve their best as their careers soar."

SOAR focuses on developing partnerships to create defined career pathways for prospective or current pilots. SOAR's initiatives include raising awareness of careers in aviation, working with organizations to recruit pilots, and providing career fulfillment and advancement opportunities for employees.

Air Georgian
Air Georgian is the longest serving capacity purchase agreement partner of the Air Canada family. Air Georgian operates over 64,000 flights per year on behalf of Air Canada, carrying over 1.5 million passengers a year to 31 domestic and US destinations. Through their partnership with Air Canada, Air Georgian is part of a Pilot Mobility Agreement, guaranteeing all eligible pilots an interview with Air Canada.

Formed in 1975, the OWHA was the driving force behind the creation of the Global Game, Women's World Hockey Championships and acceptance into the winter Olympic Games. They are the provincial governing body of women's ice hockey in Ontario, with players ranging from 4 to over 70 years old, and from beginners to National Team players. Leagues include the Lower Lakes Female Hockey League (LLFHL), Ottawa District Women's Hockey Association (ODWHA), Provincial Women's Hockey League (PWHL) and Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL). Current membership exceeds 60,000 players, coaches, managers, trainers, officials and administrators.

SOURCE Air Georgian Limited

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