Who We Are

Chapter History

The Waterloo-on-the-Grand Chapter started amongst conversations with local women pilots in the Waterloo Region, who heard and recognized the value of the 99s, but due to the distance to other chapters and life commitments could not rationally think of joining the First Canadian or the Maple Leaf chapters.

 

In late spring of 2014, emails had been circulated and Susan Wiltshire, a long time 99 with the FC chapter had spread the word to 99s around Ontario and the women pilots of the Waterloo Region hosted a "99s Meet & Greet" at the Runways Cafe, located at the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre.  Several members of the First Canadian Chapter and some from the Maple Leaf chapter came out to meet the potential new 99s - both long time pilots and several new student pilots.  The group enjoyed a lovely meal, which was followed by a presentation on the 99s by Lesley Page.


The spark had taken hold and on May 29th, an inaugural meeting was held with over 10 women pilots and with some direction by Susan Wiltshire.  The decision was made that "YES", we wanted a chapter here in our region.  Names were thrown out and |Waterloo-on-the-Grand was voted on unanimously.  An executive was chosen and our charter application completed, with 6 inaugural charter members.

With the international conference being held so soon afterward, we were fortunate to get our charter application in when we did and it was approved.  We have had a second meeting on June 19th.  It was meant to be a fly out to Tillsonburg, but was weathered out and as true 99s we still had a great time, enjoying breakfast and getting to know one another more.

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Who are the Ninety-nines

The Ninety-Nines is the international organization of women pilots that promotes advancement of aviation through education, scholarships, and mutual support while honoring our unique history and sharing our passion for flight.

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