Release #: 19.15
May 23, 2019

Jazz Aviation Pilot Honored for Numerous Contributions to Advancing Pilot Health

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) today awarded Jazz Aviation Capt. Murray Munro with a Presidential Citation for his extraordinary service in leading pilot health and wellness programs in Canada. For nearly 30 years, Capt. Munro has assisted his fellow pilots in managing various challenges they have encountered in their professional careers.

“Capt. Munro’s devotion to enhancing the wellbeing of his flying partners has made Canadian pilots stronger, and he serves as a testament to our profession,” said ALPA president Capt. Joe DePete. “During his career, Capt. Munro has undoubtedly improved the lives of countless fellow pilots and helped to ensure that all pilots have the resources they need at times when they need it the most.”

As chair of ALPA’s Canadian Pilot Assistance program for 15 years, Capt. Munro was instrumental in establishing the Pilot Wellness Program at Jazz Aviation, which assists pilots who are on medical leave. Capt. Munro has also shared his wealth of pilot assistance knowledge with the global community through various roles within the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations.

“Capt. Munro’s work in pilot assistance has touched the lives of pilots and crewmembers across Canada for decades,” said Capt. Claude Buraglia, chairman of ALPA’s Jazz pilot group. “We owe him a debt of gratitude for his dedication to making a difference in the lives of pilots and for strengthening the pilot community.”

A graduate from Mount Royal College, Capt. Munro began his piloting career in 1984 and began flying for Air BC as part of the Air Canada Connector network, which became Jazz Aviation, in 1990.

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