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WiDS – WHAT’S NEW – Please note that the CDS Luncheon has been re-scheduled to November 15, 2010.

WiDS –

DEFENCE AND SECURITY CAREERS FORUM – WiDS is planning a one-day Careers Forum in February 2011. It is designed to raise awareness of the variety of jobs available in the defence and security sector, and will be targeted towards high school, college and university students as well as workers in the industry. To get involved, contact [email protected]

WiDS 2011 MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – Applications for the 2011 Memorial Scholarship, valued at $10,000 will be accepted starting in September 2010. Details on the scholarship requirements will be posted on the WiDS website at www.wids.ca or on Facebook. The deadline for applications is 20 October 2010.

WiDS SCHOLARHSIP AWARD LUNCHEON – The Annual WiDS Scholarship Award Luncheon was held on March 25, 2010. General (ret) Rick Hillier, Honorary Patron of WiDS, presented the 2010 WiDS Memorial Scholarship to Carole Prévost who holds a B.A. Sc in electrical engineering from the University of Ottawa and a M. SC in electrical engineering from Université Laval. Carole is currently completing doctoral studies on UAV automation at Université Laval in collaboration with DRDC Valcartier.

MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Colonel Karen Ritchie Memorial Golf Tournament, hosted by WiDS, was held at the Hylands Golf Club in Ottawa. All participants enjoyed an afternoon of golf followed by dinner and a silent auction. Special thanks go to DEW Engineering and Laurie St. Louis for their help in organizing the tournament. All proceeds from the golf tournament will go towards the WiDS Memorial Scholarship Fund.

This year’s tournament honoured Colonel Karen Ritchie who succumbed to injuries resulting from a tragic car accident in 2008. Col Ritchie was in the first class of 32 women accepted to RMC in 1980 when she was only 17. She graduated from RMC with a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and later continued her education by earning a Masters degree in Integrated Logistics Support at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She rose rapidly through the officer ranks to the position of Colonel. She also served as Deputy Chair of the Committee on Women in the NATO Forces. At the time of her death she was the Commander of 5 Area Support Group.

A life-long supporter of the Girl Guide movement and a proud member of Girl Guides of Canada, Colonel Ritchie was a dynamic leader and a great role model to women serving in the Canadian Forces.

WiDS will host a CDS Luncheon!

Women in Defence and Security (WiDS) is pleased to announce that General Walter Natynczyk and his wife, Leslie, will be the guests of honour at the CDS Luncheon rescheduled to November 15, 2010. General Natynczyk will discuss the progress of the Canada First Defence Strategy and the many new career opportunities that will be available to women as a result.

Everyone is invited to come out and meet General and Mrs. Natynczyk as well as network with colleagues and friends.

WiDS has instituted a one-year moratorium on membership fees.

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We look forward to your suggestions of recent news items, appointments, awards, recognitions, upcoming events, etc. within the defence and security community. Please send submissions to: [email protected]


Chris MacLean, Communications

Women in Defence and Security

1250 -130 Slater Street

Ottawa ON K1P 6E2


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