Captain Jenn Casey Memorial Journalism Bursary

A university in Canada is honouring late Snowbird Jenn Casey in a touching way

Captain Jennifer Casey is being remembered by her former university in a way that is both touching and appropriate. 

The University of King's College in Halifax is honouring the late Snowbird by creating a new bursary in her name.

Casey graduated from the school's journalism program in 2011. 

The 35-year-old public affairs officer tragically died after a plane crash in Kamloops, B.C. on May 17.

Casey was riding in a Snowbirds plane that was scheduled to take part in Operation Inspiration — a morale-boosting exercise in support of Canada's frontline workers during COVID-19.

"The University of Kings College, Halifax, is honoured to announce the establishment of the Captain Jenn Casey Memorial Journalism Bursary," said the institution in a statement announcing the news. 

"To honour her memory, Jenn’s family and friends, including her fellow King’s alumni, have established the Bursary to help ease the burden of university costs for a journalism student at King’s, where Jenn graduated in 2011 and where she so fully engaged her passion for storytelling," they continued. 

The university says that the bursary will be awarded annually to a "student enrolled in the School of Journalism who demonstrates, as Jenn so nobly did during her lifetime, 'community spirit and involvement.'"

After finishing her journalism studies, Casey went on to work as a radio presenter at NEWS 95.7 in Halifax where she often gave a voice to local causes and community groups. 

She later moved to Ontario, becoming a news anchor and reporter for Quinte Broadcasting in Belleville. 

The proud Nova Scotian joined the Canadian Armed Forces as a public affairs officer in 2014, where her family says that she "thrived personally and professionally."

In a tribute paid after the tragedy, Casey's loved ones described her as a skilled "storyteller."

"Using her experience and media connections, Jenn was great at telling the stories of the brave men and women that serve Canada at home and abroad," they said. 

Investigators with the Royal Canadian Air Force previously revealed that "environmental factors" were likely behind the tragic crash of the CF Snowbirds plane

Specifically, a preliminary report on what happened to aircraft CT114161 states that the investigation is now focusing on a "birdstrike," as well as the performance of the plane's escape system.

One of Casey's university professors, Stephen Kimber, remembers her as a student who "just lit up a room."

"She was someone who was determined, she was resolute, she was a bright light, a bright spirit in the journalism school while she was there," he told NEWS 95.7 on the Sheldon MacLeod Show.

Kimber now hopes that the bursary attracts someone who is as driven and ambitious as Casey.

"We need people like her in journalism to help tell the stories that need to be told," he added. "She certainly did that and I think this will help deserving students in the future to do the same."

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