In 1943, a nine-year-old girl watched The White Cliffs of Dover and was enchanted by the views from an airplane cockpit. That moment sparked a lifelong dream for Carole Osanne Boucher, and she vowed to one-day fly in a fighter jet. “I knew at that moment that I wanted to experience flying,” she said.
Chartwell Domaine Harmonie resident Osanne grew up in New Brunswick near a U.S. Air Force base in Limestone, Maine. She spent her childhood staring into the sky looking for B-52s, fighter jets and other planes, hoping to catch a glimpse of their impossible maneuvers and training drills. During World War II, she watched the U.S. Air Force survey the Distant Early Warning Line, and during the Cold War, she once counted 204 military planes en route to Europe.
Her enthusiasm for flight continued as the years passed, including while she raised her five children, to whom she dedicated her life. Her passion for aviation inspired her son, Kenneth, who is now a plane engine specialist. While her son realized his dream, Osanne devoted herself to others, mentoring those who struggled with addiction and sharing her love of life. However, six years ago, Osanne’s world shattered when her husband received an Alzheimer’s diagnoses that now means they have to live apart. Despite her sorrow, Osanne still mentors addicts and works to ensure that everyone finds joy in life.
Last June, Wish of a Lifetime Canada and Chartwell granted Osanne’s lifelong wish to fly in a jet. She attended the “Les Faucheurs de Marguerites” Air Show in Sherbrooke, Quebec, with her two sons, Danny and Pierre, and her Chartwell retirement community’s General Manager, where she took a flight in a L-29 Delfin Czechoslovakian Military Jet Trainer.
Thrilled before takeoff, she said: “The scenery will be beautiful from up there, but the most fascinating thing–and the motivation for this lifelong dream–is the sensation of being on a jet!” It was all smiles when Osanne set foot on the ground after landing, transported by this experience of a lifetime.