With a history that spans eight decades, WWFC alumni circle the globe. Flying for companies around the world or simply flying the outback for pleasure, you can find pilots with connections to Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre.
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NEW! Alumni of Distinction Award
Nominate an Alumni
Help us identify worthy candidates for the Alumni of Distinction Award. If you know of alumni who have excelled in their career and made contributions to WWFC and/or the community, we would love to know about it!
Who Can Nominate
Friends, alumni, faculty, staff and students may nominate a qualified candidate.
The candidate has made contributions to WWFC and its students and maintains an ongoing connection, and/or they have demonstrated volunteerism and/or is a leader in the community. Other potential candidates may include program advisory committee members or employers provided they are WWFC alumni.
- The candidate has an established relationship with WWFC of at least two years and has been an exemplary role model to students.
- They have not previously received the Alumni of Distinction Award.
The Alumni Distinction Award will be presented at the annual Wings Banquet in April. If you are interested in attending, please contact Lisa Pacheco for details. A presentation of all nominees (photos submitted, name and criteria) may be shared at the Wings Banquet as well in order to promote all nominees and their contributions.
Nominations for the Alumni of Distinction Award is open January 1, 2019 to March 8, 2019. Any applications received after the due date will be kept on file for the following year. The following steps must be taken in order to qualify:
- Nomination form completed with the following information:
- Full Name of Nominee, email address and phone number
- Full Name of Nominator, email address and phone number
- Include up to five photos of the nominee in their job and/or showing community involvement.
- Using examples, outline what the nominee has done that is outstanding (i.e. accomplishments in career, volunteerism, etc.) Response can be a written essay (up to 500 words) OR a video (up to 2 minutes).
The award nominations must be made in writing to:
Lisa Pacheco, Customer Relations Manager
Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre
3-4881 Fountain Street North
Breslau, ON N0B 1M0
T: 519-648-2213 ext. 141
THE FINE PRINT
Regulations, Policies & Related Information
WWFC reserves the right to determine the eligibility of applications based on the information therein. WWFC also reserves the right to interpret the regulations governing the award opportunities set out in its published materials (both hardcopy and softcopy). WWFC welcomes feedback and questions on any of the award parameters.
Privacy & Application Disposal
WWFC will never share, sell or rent personal information without advance permission or unless ordered by a court of law. The information provided for the Alumni Distinction Award application will be solely used for the Award program and any communications WWFC has with applicants will be for information purposes, to administer the award, provide more information and/or thank applicants.
WWFC will take precautions to protect the information provided by all applicants from loss, misuse, unauthorized access, alteration or destruction. All WWFC staff and volunteers associated with the Alumni Distinction Award program are made aware of the importance WWFC places on privacy and what they can do to ensure nominee applicant information is protected.
Each application form will be properly and securely destroyed within three months of the Alumni of Distinction Award being awarded to the winning recipients. If at any time an applicant would like the information, he/she has provided to be deleted from our records, please contact Lisa Pacheco.
Alumni Profile – Paul Szorenyi
Who am I and where am I now?
My name is Paul Szorenyi. I grew up in the town of Tillsonburg where after finishing high school I started my flight training. Working two jobs and completing my Private Pilot Licence was a lengthy, yet enjoyable process and within the year I had completed the written exam and necessary hours to go for my flight test. I learned that I really enjoyed what I was working towards and advanced into the aviation industry by joining Conestoga College and Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre. After completing flight school I was fortunate to become a flight instructor at WWFC where I spent many hours with motivated students and an amazing staff. I am now employed with WestJet Encore flying the Q400 based out of Toronto Pearson Airport, learning and loving everyday I go into work.
Why did I choose WWFC?
Choosing WWFC was a very easy decision for me after sitting down with Sarah Finch, the Program Manager. She made WWFC feel like home right away. As Sarah described their flight training program, a joint partnership between Conestoga College and WWFC, I was impressed with WWFC’s commitment to provide me with everything necessary to become a successful graduate. Right from the start, there seemed to be an open-door policy. The Training Manager took the time to speak with me personally, answer my questions and emphasize the success of this program. The high success rate of previous students coupled with the opportunity to achieve Group 1 Multi IFR gave me an indication that the WWFC program would allow me to be ready to begin in the aviation industry right away after graduating.
How did WWFC help my career?
WWFC required a high degree of professionalism right from the start. The high standards expected from my instructors helped me set high standards for my achievement and to seek opportunities to further my experience and knowledge. In high school, I wasn’t sure what I wanted for a future career, however, once in the WWFC program for a while, I knew that becoming a pilot was the right decision. I was surrounded by many hard-working people who always strive to encourage me to reach higher levels of personal and academic performance and to set targets and goals to ensure program completion. The culture of the flight centre taught me the importance of being a team player and making decisions that were right for all people in the organization. As a flight instructor with WWFC, I continued to appreciate the people and the organization and was grateful for the opportunity to further my learning and to help new pilots in the program.
What is my most memorable experience at WWFC?
There is not one specific memory that I can recall from WWFC, but there are many. The whole experience from obtaining new licences, beginning as an instructor and working with and teaching students as they achieved their licences was great! The most memorable parts of this program involved the people, staff, instructors, teachers and friends. Very quickly my classmates who were all strangers at the beginning of the program developed into a great group of friends. We had many fun nights studying and just being together. The best part of this is having lifetime friends who continue to stay connected and keep in touch.
If I had to give advice to someone starting out what would I say?
Today, the aviation industry is amazing. It is a time when many job opportunities await those who are dedicated to their goals. It is important to understand that it takes a hard work ethic and self-motivation to complete the flight program on time. At WWFC, everyone was there to help along the way and to ensure that deadlines were met, students achieved success and opportunities for careers in aviation were presented. If your dream is to become a pilot and if you are prepared to dedicate yourself to 18 months of hard work, you will succeed and find many opportunities that exist for your career as a pilot.