Mireille Goyer – Founder & President
After earning a DEUG in Math-Physics at the Université de Poitiers, France, Mireille Goyer moved to the United States, to study Computer Graphic Design at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Upon graduation, she started her professional career as a corporate communication consultant, producing multimedia presentations for large live corporate events in North America and Europe.
Soon thereafter, she began to learn to fly for pleasure. Her new hobby became a passion and led Mireille to earn a commercial pilot certificate promptly followed by ground and flight instructor certificates. She began to develop multimedia pilot training programs and founded her first corporation headquartered in France with a branch in the United States in the mid 1990’s. Mireille moved to Vancouver, Canada, in 2005 and continued to mass educate by developing courses.
Mireille has flown several thousand hours in single and multi-engine airplanes in multiple countries and holds U.S. and Canadian Airline Transport Pilot licences. She writes a column for Canadian Aviator magazine and volunteers as an FAA Safety Team Representative.
As an engaged and dedicated female pilot, Mireille was stunned to discover that no one had planned a celebration for the centennial of the first female pilot license worldwide in 2010. Going back to her communication roots, she launched a grassroots initiative, asking pilots worldwide to ‘Fly It Forward®‘ as a salute to the first aviatrixes. That initiative morphed into the Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week initiative in 2011. These initiatives are responsible for thousands girls and women discovering aviation and flight in a small aircraft in 42 countries on 5 continents. Mireille has received several national and international awards for her efforts. She is the founder of the Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide (iWOAW).
Mireille Goyer’s awards:
- 2011 Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Let’s Go Flying Award
- 2012 Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) President’s Award
- 2012 The Ninety-Nines Award of Inspiration
Howard B. (Howie) Marlin is a Clinical Psychotherapist and Cherokee 180 owner living on Martha’s Vineyard with Jennifer (Jenny) Williamson Marlin- Ameriprise Financial Advisor, together 30+ years, and proud parents of a successful daughter and son in their mid 20’s. Besides psychology, Howie is an entrepreneur with motorsport and corporate history, who also spent a number of years in Boston area television before assuming the island life. Flying since 2007 Howie serves with Cape Cod based USCG Auxair, has consistently pursued interests to impact the flying culture, and actively engaged in numerous aviation projects and organizations.
Currently executive producer of IMC Clubs radio program “Plane Talk”, Howie also helps Sun ‘n Fun Radio, Uncontrolledairspace.com and a joyful member of The Flying Musicians Association, often found pick’n, grin’n and singing his lungs out at aviation event campfires.
As a Board Member Howie brings his understanding of traditional and new media to the fold, and anxious to help build iWOAW programs with creativity, humor and his love of all things aviation.
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Marguerite Varin discovered aviation, quite by chance, when she had the pleasure to go on a glider flight through the Air Cadets program. Marguerite was immediately seduced and join a gliding club, Montreal Soaring Council, in Hawkesbury, Ontario. Her interest in aviation led her to earn a private pilot’s license. Her next step will be piloting a helicopter.
After obtaining a B.A. in Anthropology, Marguerite became a manager and worked in several fields before moving to the Lachute Airport, Quebec, where she lives and works. She runs a business that rents space in its aircraft hangars. Marguerite is also involved in the development of the airport as the Secretary-Treasurer of the airport’s Owners Association.
Marguerite was so excited about Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week that she organized events for three consecutive years at her home airport. She even won a few world titles. Her involvement in promoting gender balance in the air and space industry led her to join the management team of the Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide and continue to open the doors of the aviation world for the female population.
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