The Chinook Project
Each year, the Chinook Project selects 4 to 9 students from a pool of stellar applications from 3rd-year AVC students. The project has been fortunate to have had consistently fine students. When they go north, our students face many challenges–cultural differences, “basic” and often creative veterinary clinics, long hours, enforced intimacy with the group. Our students embrace these challenges with enthusiasm and good cheer, bringing not only veterinary medicine but also hope to northern communities. Many, many thanks to our student participants:
Kimmirut, 2006: Rachel Lee, Alison Pollard (returned as veterinarian in 2016), Kristin Duerr, Erin O’Neill (with Drs. Marti Hopson, Peter Moak and Jane Magrath)
Cambridge Bay, 2007: Melissa Guillory, Sheila McIvor, Kathryn Evans, Iz Jakubowski (with Dr. Marti Hopson, Lisa Miller and Jane Magrath)
Kimmirut, 2008: Tracy Collins, Dan Fredholm, Karen Gormley, Beth Martin (with Drs. Marti Hopson, Anne Marie Carey and Jane Magrath)
Cambridge Bay/Kugluktuk, 2009: Stephanie Robitaille, Nicole Cummings**, ( Dr. Peter Foley), Aleta Schmah, Shawn MacKenzie, with Dr. Anne Marie Carey and technician Andrea Jack in front.
The Team in Cambridge Bay 2009
**Nicole returned as a volunteer veterinary instructor in 2011–our first alumna instructor.
Natuashish, 2010: Aimée Elson, Katie Lee (returned as veterinarian in 2016), Billy McDonald, Lindsay Rigoli (with Drs. Marti Hopson, Becky Jackson, Nicole Gallant, and Melissa Hamel)
Linsday, Aimee, Katie and Billy in the Fire Hall
Natuashish/Makkovik, 2011: Amy Lowe, Marisa Herzog, Christina Zeoli, Chris McLaughlin (returned as veterinarian in 2015), Courtney Dwyer (with Dr. Marti Hopson, Becky Jackson, Nicole Breda and Melissa Hamel)
AVC students with dog team pups, Christina, Courtney, Chris (back row) and Marisa and Amy
Hopedale and Nain 2012: Kayla Collins, Nichelle Peck, Shari Raheb, Waylon Wiseman (with Drs. Maxina VonHerbing Nicole Gallant and Jane Magrath) ; and Alicia Ashley, Tricia Fleming, Susan Taylor, Kelleigh Waters (with Drs. Peter Foley, Becky Jackson, and Mark Froimovitch)
Nain 2012 students: Tricia, Kelleigh, Alicia and Susan with Dr. Peter Foley
Makkovik and Postville 2013: Emma Vaasjo, Lauren Russell, Jonathan Woodbury, Ashleigh Allen, Samantha Sanford (with Drs. Nicole Breda, Kyle Clark, Elise Watson and Andrea Jack)
Nain, Sheshatshiu, Rigolet 2014: Meghan Levangie, Caitlin Matters (returned as instructor in 2019), Catherine Herlihy (returned as instructor in 2019), Erin Andersen, Jason Gray, Rhonda Stone, Sarah Dixon, Leighann Diehl
In Nain: Meghan Levangie, Dr. Peter Foley, Paul Fenton, Dr. Becky Jackson, Erin Andersen, and front row: Caitlin Matters, Catherine Herlihy (missing from photo: Dr. John Ruffino)
Very tired Chinook 2014 team in Rigolet: Dr. Von Herbing, Dr. Hopson, Leighann, Rhonda, Jason with Dr. Gunn McQuillan and Sarah in front.
Natuashish (and Sheshatshiu, cancelled due to fog) 2015: Pierre Charlebois, Danielle Brown, Michelle Wells, Jessica Eisnor, Mary-Claire Sanderson
Pierre Charlebois, Dr. Chris McLaughlin (Chinook student 2011), Danielle Brown, Michelle Wells, Andrea Jack, RVT, Dr. John Ruffino, Jessica Eisnor, Mary-Claire Sanderson
Nain and Sheshatshiu 2016: Liz Byers, Alie Reindel, Kelsey Harding, Chris Dominic, Michelle Goyareb (with Drs. Peter Foley, Heather Gunn McQuillan, Becky Jackson, Marti Hopson and Carrie Lavers)
Iqaluit, Nunavut 2016 : Vanessa Gerber, Mila Profit (who became a Chinook coordinator), Nicolle Davis, Dionne Paine (with Drs. Marti Hopson, Katie MacDonald and Alison Pollard)