Category Archives: Alliance Partner

Cathay Pacific “I Can Fly” Toronto program invites young Canadians with a passion for Aviation


There are times when I wish I was still a teenager and this just might be one of them! If you know of or have some keen teenagers who are looking to get into the Aviation biz this just might be the opportunity of a lifetime of experience.

Cathay Pacific has opened applications for its “I Can Fly” Toronto program, inviting young Canadians with a passion for aviation to participate in the popular program.Grade 11 and 12 high school students from the Greater Toronto area may submit an application online at or before Sept. 12/2012.

The program will run from September through November 2012 and offers high school students a rare behind-the-scenes look at the airline industry. Manned by Cathay Pacific staff volunteers, the eight-week academy covers a range of aviation topics and explores various careers in the industry from airport operations to in-flight catering to passenger sales.

8-Week Academy

The 8-week academy includes the following topics:*

Passenger Sales


* Schedule may change based on airport operational requirements.

These real-world settings will provide invaluable perspective for students who will soon make choices about their future education and careers. The “I Can Fly” program was launched back in 2003 in Hong Kong and due to its success was brought to Canada for the first time in October 2009. The program will run weekly and operates after school hours out of multiple locations including the Toronto Pearson International Airport, its vicinity or within downtown Toronto.

Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more updates and information. And why not take a chance and do a little learning on another job sector you can get a some of your “travel” on!

2012 A Year of Change – Year of the Dragon


Year of the Dragon




As we headed into 2012, I stopped to take the time to ask a few from the AYA Life Health and Wellness Collective their Top 3 Tips for 2012.






Top 3’s for 2012 from Amie Hoff, Hoff Fitness and

We caught up with Amie Hoff in New York this past December and here are Amie’s Top 3 suggestions heading into 2012:

You can find her at or

Try out the many versions of the new FitKit’s! I don’t travel without mine anymore!

Top 3’s for 2012 from Erica Mather, Forrest Yoga Instructor New York City

Here are my Top 3’s suggestions heading into 2012:

  1. Eat more dark, leafy greens – Drink more water – Sleep longer
  2. Be swift to love – Live every day as if it were your last – Work to heal your wounds
  3. Find work you love that is also profitable – Learn how to be an entrepreneur – Prioritize paying off your debt

Erica, E-RYT 200, has been teaching yoga in New York City since 2006. She teaches at the Wanderlust Festival in Kripalu, and will appear during 2012 at the Bali Spirit Festival. Erica studies yoga with Ana Forrest, is a Certified Forrest Yoga Instructor and Forrest Yoga Mentor Teacher. You can find her at

Top 3’s for 2012 from Michelle Currie, Meditative Arts

Here are my Top 3 suggestions heading into 2012:

  1. Carve out 10 minutes of your schedule each day to be with your breath. This gives your body and mind a chance to refuel and take everything in.
  2. Fill your days with people and things that give you energy. There’s nothing worse than starting the new year off on a sluggish foot.
  3. Remember that you are powerful and creative enough to get through the blahs, especially from January to March when there’s little daylight.

It’s time to put your sanity on a pedestal! It’s being centred and relaxed that will actually help you get more done and help more people. A burnt out and frazzled you only limits your potential. Refuel AND stay sane without spending tons of $ or time ! Try out Michelle’s Bliss Kit

Women Doing Their Thing: Vol.1


Starting off this new segment to my blog is one of the women who is most definitely part of my “Global Village”. Tanya Walker is the foundation of Walker Law, which just celebrated its one year anniversary. She keeps inspiring me with her intelligence, grace and support and I know that she is destined for great things!

The Background: Tanya, who is a trial lawyer, opened Walker Law one year ago, located at 401 Bay Street, in the Simpsons Tower.  Walker Law employs the fabulous Kai Yorke-Edwards, who is also an alumni of York University and the skilled Sara Deol, a lawyer from Osgoode Hall.

Walker Law specializes in Commercial Litigation, specifically Franchise and Property disputes. Tanya has appeared before the Landlord and Tenant Board, the Superior Court of Justice, Commercial Court, the Court of Appeal, Divisional Court, Federal Court and has represented claimants before the Human Rights Tribunal.

The talented Ms. Walker currently volunteers on the Ontario Bar Association committee on Franchising and has written an article on Franchising that will be soon to be published.  She has also been sharing her time as the head of the Auction Committee for the Second Chance Gala Committee, and being a member of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers and BBPA. Tanya is a vibrant philanthropist and has regularly spoken to various groups and organizations on issues affecting minorities such as the Jamaican Canadian Association, Dollars and Cents Wake up Series, Women’s Enterprise, the BBPA and the black female lawyers retreat, Sistahs-in-Law.

In the time that I have known this inspiring woman, she has achieved even more accomplishments and prestigious job roles.

In 2010, the Honourable Jean Augustine, who was the first black female member of Parliament, nominated Tanya Walker to be recognized on the official Black History Month poster titled “The Next Generation”. This poster was displayed in all schools, libraries and fire stations across Canada, showing the entire country an amazing role model.

In August 2010, her contributions to her community were again recognized and rewarded, allowing Tanya to become the Women’s Enterprise Woman of the Year ahead of 19 other worthy candidates.

In September 2010, she was appointed by the Lieutenant Governor to become a member of the Assessment Review Board and in this judicial role, she is responsible to render decisions regarding tax disputes between Property Owners & the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation.

The Foreground: When this multi-talented woman has some spare time, she enjoys travelling (Tanya has visited over 30 countries), various forms of fitness and spending time with her family & friends.She recently shared my 40th birthday celebration with many of our common friends, enjoying the amazing menu selections at Bloom Restaurant in Toronto.

To find out more information about Tanya Walker – my first entry in Women Doing Their Thing – please visit  or call 647-342-2334.