Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre and Conestoga Institute of Technology
"As a first generation Canadian, a visible minority
and as a female, I personally understand the pervasive difficulties that we as minorities are faced with in both our personal and professional lives. As a member of
the Canadian Armed Forces and a female pursuing flight school, I consistently see the evident
under-representation in both the military and the aviation field."
Yasna holds both a Glider and Private Pilot License after achieving them both through the Royal Canadian Air Cadet Program in 2015 and 2016 respectively. In 2010, She joined the Royal Canadian Air Cadet Program, which is a program for Canadian youth between 12 and 18 years old that focuses on teaching and developing youth in areas such as aviation, leadership, citizenship and more. After retiring as a cadet in 2016, she began her journey as an adult staff member in order to use her skills and knowledge to continue developing youth and helping them find their own path to success. In May of 2018, she was officially sworn in to the Canadian Armed Forces as a Reservist working in the Cadet Instructor Cadre, making her a Cadet Instructor. During the summer she works at Canadian Forces Air Base Trenton. There she teaches aviation courses to cadets aged between 13 and 16 years old. She is currently in flight school at the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre, located in Breslau, Ontario, in conjunction with a two year program in Science and Arts at the Conestoga Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. She is also working on obtaining her Commercial Pilot License.
Scholarship Creative Submission
Based on Yasna's specific skills and strengths she decided to submit a plan of action to begin a program called the Abingdon Foundation Mentorship Program (AFMP). The purpose of
this program is to give girls between the ages of 12 and 20 the opportunity to be exposed to the field of aviation through mentors that will promote the field and help to not only attract but also inspire and motivate young girls to pursue careers in STEAM, specifically in aviation and aerospace. Its purpose is to engage, empower and educate. The Abingdon Foundation Mentorship Program will not limit the mentors to being pilots.