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New Oshawa school named

School honours Canada’s first female aeronautical engineer

Elsie MacGill

Oshawa’s newest elementary school will bear the name of a female pioneer in the field of engineering.

Elsie MacGill Public School is located at 800 Greenhill Avenue, and is set to open this September.

MacGill, known as the “Queen of the Hurricanes,” is widely regarded as the first woman in the world to earn an aeronautical engineering degree.

She was also the first woman in Canada to receive a degree in electrical engineering.

MacGill worked as an aeronautical engineer during the Second World War and helped to establish Canada as a powerhouse in aircraft construction during her years at the Canadian Car and Foundry in Fort William, Ont.

She later served as commissioner of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women in Canada from 1967 to 1970, and her legacy was nationally acknowledged by her being featured on a Canadian postage stamp in March of this year.

Ashley Noble, an Oshawa trustee with the Durham District School Board (DDSB), said “the name and history of Elsie MacGill will build on the foundational values found within the DDBS’s ‘Ignite’ learning strategic priorities and inspire student success and leadership, while serving to engage our new school community.”

The new school is set to have a student capacity of 519, and will represent a “state-of-the-art facility” according to Oshawa trustee Darlene Forbes.

Michael Barrett, chair of the DDSB board, said the school will “play a pivotal role in contributing to the future success of students, staff, parents, guardians and the greater community.”