In 1953, the Society of Women Engineers recognized Elsie and her achievements with their second annual award. The first award, incidentally, had gone to Dr. Lillian Gilbreth "The First Lady of Engineering"! This was quite a recognition for both Elsie and Canada!
Elsie received her award in New York. The joy her chosen profession brought her was reflected in her words during the awards ceremony:
"Some work to fly faster; some work to fly cheaper; some work to fly safer. All work primarily to fulfill themselves". (Queen of the Hurricanes, 97)
Elsie became an active member of SWE and followed its progress throughout her life. Even when she could not be present for the launch of the first International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists (ICWES) she sent a financial donation to support it.
For more information on this dynamic organization see: societyofwomenengineers.swe.org