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March 14, 2011

Former female fighter pilot says women should aim high

The Edmonton Sun — Retired Maj. Deanna Brasseur — one of the first female CF-18 fighter pilots — says that during her early air force days, it was just "the guys and Dee." Stopping at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton recently, Brasseur spoke to students and the public about the opportunities for women and dreaming large. Read the complete article.


Parliament Remembers

November 5, 2010

Parliament remembers

Major Dee Brasseur and Prime Minister Stephen Harper share a moment on the occasion of Veterans’ Week Senate Ceremony. The Honourable Noël A. Kinsella, Speaker of the Senate of Canada, the Honourable Peter Milliken, Speaker of the House of Commons, together with the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), officially launched Veterans' Week 2010 during a ceremony held in the Senate Chamber. During Veterans' Week 2010, Canadians were asked to take remembrance one step further: by attending a Remembrance Day ceremony, visiting the local cenotaph or monument, sharing their thoughts of remembrance online, or wearing a poppy with pride.


Pilot on One-in-a-Million Mission

May 19, 2010

Pilot on One-in-A-Million mission

Having fought the battle herself, Major Deanna Brasseur knows the importance of acknowledging, recognizing and diagnosing post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

One of Canada's first female fighter pilots, Maj Brasseur retired from the Regular Force in 1994 with what she thought was exhaustion from her job. "I thought I was tired, had career burnout," she says. "I thought it would get better if I got out, but it didn't." Read the full aticle.


Maclean's Honour Roll 1998

December 21, 1998

Major Dee Brasseur named to Maclean's Honour Roll 1998

The MacLean's Annual Honour Roll issue is a marriage of pictures and words that together create the distinctive portraits of 12 Canadians who have made a difference.

The honorees for 1998, several of whom work quietly in their communities, come from across the country and from a wide variety of fields. But all share two attributes - modesty, and an overwhelming desire to achieve. On the list of those honoured in 1998, for sheer courage, Major (Retired) Dee Brasseur who came forward to attest to the issues of rape and sexual abuse in the military.



Front Page Challenge

February 8, 1991

Major Dee Brasseur appears on CBC's Front Page Challenge

For generations, women looking for a career in Canada's air force were limited to non-combat roles, such as nurses and secretaries. That all changed on this day in 1989, when Deanna Brasseur and Jane Foster became the first women in Canada — and perhaps the world — to graduate from the gruelling CF-18 jet fighter program. In this clip from CBC Television's Front Page Challenge, Brasseur looks back at the physical toll of the job and the significance of breaking the gender barrier. View the clip.