2018 Student Awards Night at Centennial College for the Douglas MacRitchie Memorial Scholarship

Douglas MacRitchie Memorial Scholarship Jason Kot and Bruce  MacRitchie 2018

Jason Kot and Bruce MacRitchie 
Photo courtesy of Centennial College

March 7 saw the second evening of awards presented to the students in four different categories such as Health, Transportation, Communications and Hospitality as offered by Centennial College, Progress Campus, Scarborough.

CAHS attended the event, held in the new 8 storey Events Centre, to witness the presentation of the Douglas MacRitchie Memorial Scholarship that has been awarded annually since 1981 to a student registered in the Aircraft Maintenance and Avionics program. The award is now donated by Bruce MacRitchie in honour of his late brother, Douglas, an early CAHS member, who died in the crash of his Stinson aircraft in 1980. The award was initially sponsored by the CAHS but is now totally provided by Bruce MacRitchie and supported by the CAHS.

The award is given to a full-time student currently enrolled in the Aviation Technician-Aircraft Maintenance program who best exemplifies a responsible attitude combined with acceptable academic standards.

Bruce MacRitchie presented the 2018 award to Jason Kot.

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Sheldon, Jason and Bruce
Photo courtesy of Centennial College

To read feedback from the 2017/18 recipient Jason Kot, click here.

The opening of the new Centre for Aerospace and Aviation in Downsview Park this summer

“In August of 2018, the Aircraft Maintenance and Aviation programs will move into Centennial’s brand new Centre for Aerospace and Aviation in Downsview Park on the site of the former Downsview air force base.

The Downsview Aerospace Innovation and Research (DAIR) Consortium, an association of all of the large aerospace companies and leading post secondary education institutions in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), has come together with the shared mandate of developing an aerospace hub at Downsview Park in Toronto. Centennial College is a founding member of DAIR.

The new and exciting 12,700 m2 (~135,000 ft2) campus is currently under construction and makes use of the original de Havilland Aircraft production facility that was once integral to the aerospace industry in Canada. Centennial’s new Downsview Campus is an exciting blend of old and new that will bring this historic facility back to the forefront of Canada’s aerospace and aviation sectors.”

This building was scheduled for demolition in 2011 to make way for four ice skating rinks. The rinks were built nearby and the original DHC building which started in 1929 will now survive hopefully for another 90 years.

Prepared by S. D. Benner