Women in aviation: Chief Warrant Officer Dianne Maidment

News Article / March 8, 2017

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Royal Canadian Air Force

Today is International’s Women’s Day. In the weeks leading up the International Women in Aviation Conference in June, we will feature weekly interviews with female leaders in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Hometown: Petites, Newfoundland and Labrador

Occupation: Completed medical assistant / medical technician / physician assistant training through the Canadian Forces Health Services Training Systems (1981 – 1992)

Current position: Wing chief warrant officer at 9 Wing Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador

Deployments: Persian Gulf War in support of air operations, former Yugoslavia as medical liaison staff, Golan Heights and the United Arab Emirates in support of air operations.

What drew you to join the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)?

I was interested in working in a health care environment and decided the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) would provide me both adventure and the opportunity to help others through a health care field. I had family members who were serving in the CAF and I was able to ask them questions about the lifestyle, etc.

If you could provide advice to young women who are thinking about joining the RCAF, what would it be?

Definitely go for it! If you are willing to work hard as a team member, the RCAF will provide many challenging and rewarding opportunities.

What have been some of the highlights of your career with the RCAF?

There are many highlights, including all of my time with patients with the medical services and aero medical evacuation, my three years spent as RCAF non-commissioned member professional development representative with the directorate of air personnel management, my overseas deployments and my current position as wing chief warrant officer at 9 Wing.

What have been some of the challenges of your career with the RCAF?

Balancing a family life and work life and being away from my family during operations and training sessions.

Also, demonstrating my capabilities. It was sometimes a struggle to prove my strengths against my peers. In my opinion, I had to work harder to be recognized for my capabilities than some of my coworkers. It was evident that some jobs were meant for men and others that were more focused for women. It was a challenge to ensure I was afforded the same opportunities to do all tasks.  

What are your thoughts on recruitment, training and retention of women in the RCAF?

We need to recognize what each individual brings to the table, use everyone’s strengths and acknowledge a person’s best effort. Knowing our members and working with them to meet their ambitions while meeting the RCAF’s mission should be a win-win for all.

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