4 Wing celebrates International Women’s Day

International Woman's Day
Canadian Armed Forces members, community members, and students pose for a group photo outside of 6 Hanger for International Women’s Day at 4 Wing, Cold Lake. Photo: AB Erica Seymour, 4 Wing Imaging

Joy Smith

Several students from local schools got an opportunity to experience a day as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) last Friday as part of 4 Wing’s International Women’s Day celebration. The day served to showcase the accomplishments of women in the CAF and to show young people that gender doesn’t matter when you are passionate about your work.

The day began with students meeting their volunteer mentors over hot chocolate and muffins, then it was off for a morning of job shadowing. Students were shown where their mentors spend their working days and some even got to try on equipment used by the members, such as helmets, night vision goggles and survival kit vests.

After lunch, the group spent some time at 417 Combat Support Squadron where they were treated to a helicopter ride. The helicopter was piloted by 417 Squadron Commanding Officer, Major Alexia Hannam; in the co-pilot’s seat was Major Hannam’s Deputy Commanding Officer, Captain Eileen Sudul. After the helicopter rides the group toured several Units on 4 Wing.

A day spent learning that work doesn’t have to be boring, is a day well spent.