High Flight Award

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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Last Saturday evening the first "Mike Channer High Flight Award" was presented at the Graduation Dinner of the Sault College Aviation Technology Program Class of 2005. Our congratulations to Sean Poynton who was selected by the faculty, flight instructors and final year students as this year's recipient. We understand that Sean was the unanimous choice for the award. He is described as being an excellent pilot, an exceptional student in general and a perfect gentleman and leader. He is interested in travel and world affairs and spent last summer as an eco-tourist guide in South-East Asia. We were extremely happy that Melissa, Mike's girlfriend, was able to make the presentation this year on our behalf.

We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the Mike Channer Memorial Fund established at Sault College. We also gratefully acknowledge a matching grant from the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund. The response was so tremendous that we have been able to set up two scholarships to honour Mike's memory. Both awards will be presented annually in perpetuity

The "High Flight Award", worth $2,500, will be presented to the graduating pilot with the keenest passion to fly, and whose character, like Mike's, would make the world a better place in which to live. We attempted to define the specific selection criteria in order to capture the qualities that Mike's friends and colleagues mentioned most often. These included such aspects of character and outlook as: thoughtfulness and consideration of other people; willingness to lend a helping hand at any time; personable and friendly; quietly determined and committed to his goals; dedicated to always doing the best job possible; an independent spirit; interested in travel and other cultures; and a mature perspective on world affairs.

A "Memorial Scholarship" worth $500 was also presented at the Sault Convocation to the second year aviation student with the highest commercial flight test mark.

We thank the faculty and flight instructors who helped us in developing these awards, and our special appreciation goes to Matt Sattler who spent a lot of time ensuring that the award plaque was made up on time, and according to our specifications. We would also like to extend our thanks to Terry Ableson, of the Financial Aid Office and Chair of the Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards Committee at Sault College, for her sensitive and helpful suggestions throughout the process of arranging the awards.

In recognition of Mike's contribution to 872 Kanata Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, a Memorial Award has been established in his name. This will be presented annually to the junior ground school student with the highest flight training mark This year, Mike's fellow cadet and soul-mate Julie Fumerton will be making the first presentation at the Annual Inspection Parade on May 28th. Our thanks to Capt. Cliff Turner, Commanding Officer and Capt. Owen Penk, Chairman of 872 Squadron, for making all the arrangements for this award.
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