Hard work and business savvy provided Erissa the means to pursue her own journey to flight and to many other adventures. Always grateful for the life she lived so fully, Erissa felt that It was her responsibility, and her reward, to give back, to help others learn and progress in aviation, and in life. She acted on this belief often and in many ways, from giving support and encouragement in her own forthright style, to lending her airplane, mentoring, teaching, and in countless other acts of kindness, usually without fanfare or recognition.
In 2017 she personally established and funded an annual BCGA scholarship intended to further the aviation goals of a deserving student in pursuit of flight or aircraft maintenance training .
Since her sudden passing July 27, 2020 many people touched by Erissa’s boundless enthusiasm and zest for life have expressed a desire to honour her memory by contributing to a scholarship in her name. As a board of directors, we have carefully considered several options to facilitate this, staying true to her original intent and vision.
To that end, the Erissa Yong-Wilson BCGA Bursary will become the Erissa Yong-Wilson BCGA Memorial Bursary and will continue in the same form as she created it. A goal of $10,000 has been set which would carry the scholarship on until at least 2025. If donations were to exceed that amount the award will continue indefinitely, as long as funds are available.
We invite anyone who would like to donate to the scholarship fund in Erissa’s honour to forward their donation by electronic funds transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org (please put “Yong” in the comments)
or by cheque to:
BC General Aviation Association
45-18300 Ford Road
Pitt Meadows, BC
(Please Note: We appreciate your support but will refrain from thanking or recognizing each individual supporter unless it is requested.)