Canadian Centennial of Flight Youth Initiative
As the whole world will soon be aware, December
17, 2003 will mark the 100th anniversary of the world's first
successful heavier-than-air powered flight; the Wright Brother's
momentous accomplishment at Kittyhawk, North Carolina.
To celebrate, Canada will join countries from around the world,
including the United States, France, Italy, the United Kingdom,
China and Australia in commemorating the Centennial of this
world-wide first, and the beginning of the second century of
The Canadian Centennial of Flight Campaign launches its first
national initiative for youth on March 10, with a special
invitation to all Canadian children between the ages of 6 and 18.
Young people who love both art and aviation can enter the Altitude
is Everything nation-wide Poster Contest with aerospace themes.
"Canadian aviation pioneers have created a magnificent heritage
for our country. Flight and flying still capture the imagination,
and it is the youth of Canada who will be the future of aviation in
this country. I encourage young people across Canada to participate
in this contest; let your imagination take off," said Transport
Minister David Collenette.
"Canadians can be proud of the contributions our country has
made in last 100 years of aviation," WestJet Executive Chairman,
President and CEO Clive Beddoe stated. "The celebration of our
country's successes, led by Altitude is Everything, is a wonderful
way for Canadians to learn of our respected position among the
world's leaders in global aviation. WestJet is proud to be a part
of this tradition."
Children are invited to visit the Poster Contest
link on the Altitude Is Everything website, at www.altitudeis.com.
Winners in each of four age groups will have their artwork
displayed on the Altitude is Everything website, and receive a free
trip for two courtesy of WestJet to the London Air Show and Balloon
Festival. In London, Ontario winners will meet aviation VIP's, have
their photographs taken with pilots of the Canadian Forces
Snowbirds and receive recognition at the show.
"Canada's aviation history is full of interesting stories," said
Project Director Mary Krupa, "and we'd like young artists all
around the country to use their talents to tell their own stories
of aviation in our country."
The National Chairman, Don Pearsons, joins with the Snowbirds
and the entire national team of volunteers in honouring the many
achievements of Canadians in aviation. The campaign's major goal is
to interest a new generation in the future of flight in Canada and
around the world.