Kay Bingham Primarily was part of the conversation thanks to the work of Grade 5/6 teacher Lisa Pije.
"Two summers ago I was looking for space information because we were studying space in a unit, and I found an application on the Canadian Space Agency's website that says if you want an astronaut to visit your school, please sign up here, said Pye. "And I thought, 'Absolutely, we'd like an astronaut to visit him.'"
Pye was recently contacted by the CSA about the possibility of participating in a teleconference with Sidie-Gibbons.
The Canadian astronaut discussed how she was recruited by the CSA before answering a variety of questions.
"They were very curious," Pye said of her students, "everybody was excited when they asked a question, everybody wanted to talk to the astronaut and they really listened well, it was a pretty long presentation so for them to sit still and focus on what what was happening and still interested in the end was really exceptional. "
Asked if she ever felt like giving up, Sidi-Gibbons encouraged students to achieve their dreams.
"I hope I can tell you that you really don't need to get rid of running for something or give up on something," Sidie-Gibbons said. "If something fails, you certainly shouldn't be limiting yourself."
By the end of the presentation, students such as Page Smith were inspired to photograph the celebrations.
"It makes me feel pretty confident that she had a dream when she was little and then when she was in her twenties and now she's training and wanting to go into space," Smith said. "It's nice to know that dreams sometimes come true."