Student Success Stories: Aviation's Allie Paterson

Allie Paterson’s aviation career is in full flight only months after graduating from Selkirk College.

Paterson completed Selkirk’s Aviation Program with a Professional Pilot Diploma in the spring of 2012. Less than a year later, the 21-year-old Lower Mainland resident took her seat as a First Officer with Air Canada’s Jazz.

“It’s gone by really fast, but I worked really hard at Selkirk and I knew this was an option,” says Paterson. “I’m really glad that I pushed myself.”

 Aviation program grad Allie Paterson in the air

Allie Paterson (right) with fellow former Selkirk College Aviation Program student Felicia Grieves.

Paterson’s opportunity with the regional carrier came as a result of Selkirk College’s partnership with Jazz. As an active member of Collegiate Aviation Canada, Selkirk is one of six schools across Canada that nominates top graduates for participation in a special Jazz selection process. 

In the spring of 2012, Paterson was chosen by her instructors to travel to Toronto for an interview as one of the Selkirk students who excelled in academics, flight and simulator performance, and professionalism. Only 19-years-old at the time, Paterson impressed the hiring committee and was asked to join Jazz.

“The time I spent at Selkirk, I was hard at it,” Paterson says of her education at the Castlegar-based Aviation Program. “I didn’t mess around because from day-one they tell you that this opportunity is available.”

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