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Hope flies beyond aviators

By Cheryl Marek

 

Some of you may be familiar with the Hollywood movie title: Hope Floats. In Oshawa, we're finding many reasons to believe Hope Flies... not just in the hearts and lives of aviators.

A handful of community members meeting since July 2008, charted their Lions Club in November, with initial dreams of raising funds to enhance the property around the airport by creating a park and trails for the general public as well as families who visit the nearby Children's Aid Society, to fund aviation scholarships for youth and to assist with airport community events.

A dozen Flight 70 members, Airport Manager Steve Wilcox and wife, Mary, and members of several surrounding Lions Clubs as far away as Orillia, were among 160 who gathered recently to celebrate with a dinner, charter ceremony, the donation of regalia, silent auction, 50/50, door prizes and dance.

Charter members include avid flyer, Lion Paul Baker, and Manny Rosario of Enterprise Air, in whose facility the group meets. We look forward to seeing how the future unfolds and to supporting Oshawa Airport Lions Club president, Joan Montgomery and her team of visionaries as they set out to meet community needs, to foster personal and future career dreams in the hearts of children and their families through the experience of all things aviation afforded those with an airport in their backyard.

Flight 70 members enjoyed the photos and aerial firefighting memories shared by Jim Pengally. More recently, newly assigned Nav Canada Site Manager for Oshawa, Buttonville and City Centre, Genevieve Machin, was our guest.

COPA members in Durham Region and surrounding areas are welcome to join us the first Thursday of the month. We look forward to hosting the 3rd annual Safety Seminar at Corporate Aircraft Restoration, May 9. www.copa70.com