Chasing Her Dreams From Syria to Canada

Chasing Her Dreams From Syria to Canada

Montreal member Nour U is on the cover of the Ninety-Nines magazine.

Refugee turned flight instructor hopes to encourage other young women to chase their dreams.

Nour Utayim has always dreamed of being a pilot, following in the footsteps of her late father who was a captain for Syrian Air. After facing obstacle after obstacle, she now finds herself flying right seat as an instructor, teaching other young women that anything is possible if you believe in yourself.

Nour’s love of flight began at a young age, passed on by her father and grandfather who were both pilots. One of her earliest memories of flying was sitting in the jump seat during one of her father’s commercial flights and being sternly told, “Put on your seatbelt or go sit in the back.” Her father tragically passed away when she was just five years old, but his legacy was shared with her through photos, family members, and his colleagues in the airlines. From the first time she was seriously asked what she wanted to do when she grew up, she answered, “I want to be a pilot like my Dad.”

Read the story in the 99s magazine…