Goodbye Pond!

Hello family and friends (one last time!),

We can’t believe our experience with Queen’s Health Outreach in Pond Inlet has come to a close…these past few days have been spent tying up loose ends and saying some hard goodbyes to the people and places we have grown to love so much here! Here are some important bits of our last few days in Pond inlet:

Daytimes this week were spent meeting with some important members of the community. We hope to bring back some of this useful information for next year’s Peer Educators to help both sustain and grow the project. We sincerely enjoyed hearing multiple views on health challenges within the community, and we would like to thank everyone who helped us gather this information.

One of our last views of Pond... Look at that melt!

One of our last views of Pond… Look at that melt!

This week, we felt honoured to be invited to the Nasivvik prom as well as the graduation for the class of 2014. These are incredibly important (and fun) events in the community that we were looking forward to attending for many days. On Tuesday night we attended the prom which (unlike in Ontario) is attended by all of the students in the high school. We loved seeing all of our students dressed their best and having a great time! At first, the students were a little shy to dance…but after we embarrassed ourselves with OUR terrible dance moves, things on the dance floor definitely picked up!

Prom!

Prom!

Wednesday night was graduation night, a special event attended by many members of the community- from newborns to elders. We had the pleasure of watching speeches and helping to congratulate the class of 2014 on their achievements! Congratulations graduates!

The Nasivvik High School Class of 2014!

The Nasivvik High School Class of 2014!

Our last big event with the students was “The Amazing Race”. We had a list of events and tasks the students needed to complete around Pond Inlet, within a certain time limit. These included taking pictures with a polar bear pelt, making a snow angel and even making a human pyramid! We had a blast with our students and it was a great way to end off our time with them.

Human pyramid for the race

Human pyramid for the race

Us with some of our Amazing Race contestants

Us with some of our Amazing Race contestants

Finally, on Thursday, it was time to say our final goodbyes to what had become our Arctic home! Although we came to Pond as teachers, we have learned so much and we can’t begin to express how thankful we are to the people of Pond Inlet who have been so welcoming. A special thank-you goes to our project directors for being such great resources and friends from the very beginning. Taylor, Lauren and Joe- We don’t know what we would have done without you this year!

We also want to say thank-you to some of our wonderful contacts in Pond- especially, Shelly, Anne and Rachel. Your advice and kind words were always greatly appreciated. Thank-you also to Pat, Juana and Jaylene for being such gracious hosts during our stay. Finally, thank-you to our wonderful, hilarious and spunky students for making sure that there wasn’t a single day in Pond without laughter. We can’t wait to see all of the amazing things you will accomplish both in your community and beyond!

Thank you all for reading and for your support. See you soon!

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Love as always,

Kelsey & Erin

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