Speaker Bio:
Elsie Jackson

Speaks:

English

Speaking Topics:

Technology, Women in aviation

My topic this visit will be women in the military in non traditional roles. I joined in 1975 and this was when the trades opened up to women. I was the first female stationary (power) engineer in the history of the Canadian Armed Forces. I attended CFB Cornwallis in March of 1975 and upon graduation was sent to CFB Chilliwack Engineering base where there wasn't even a barracks for us so we stayed at the officers quarters to proceed with our on the job training until our class mates showed up for our training provided by SAIT. We trained at the steam plant in Chilliwack which provided heat for the base. Our course was very long and covered the operations of boilers, electrical, refridgeration, valves, and so on. Our training took us to CFB Cold Lake for more experience. I decided this is where I would like to be posted. This was the training ground for the Canadian fighter jets. I would like some pictures of these 3 bases so the attendees can relate how massive they were, and what an important role they played in regards to training. Unfortunately I took my release in late 1979. Thank you sincerely Elsie Jackson 7513w.

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