2015 Healthcare Travelling Roadshow - in Northeast B.C.

The Northern Medical Program's fifth health-care roadshow (#BCHCRS15) visited Fort St. John, Dawson Creek & Tumbler Ridge, B.C. in June 2015. Using hands-on demos, health-care professional students showcased health careers to local high schools, while also experiencing local community life.

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  1. Students and instructors met up in Prince George on Sunday, June 7th to begin the half-day drive from Prince George, B.C. to Fort St. John, B.C., the starting point of the roadshow.
  2. The Healthcare Travelling Roadshow group included students from the University of Northern British Columbia - UNBC; College of New Caledonia - CNC; University of British Columbia - UBC; University of Victoria - UVic; British Columbia Institute of Technology - BCIT; and Thompson Rivers University - TRU.
  3. Some interesting sightseeing along the way in Chetwynd, B.C., which featured many intriguing wood sculptures carved by chainsaw!
  4. The group arrived in Fort St. John in the late afternoon, and were able to get to know one another at a BBQ on Charlie Lake.

    Thank you to the Gentles family for the warm welcome to the North Peace region and your wonderful hospitality!

  5. DAY ONE - Monday:

    Everyone was up bright and early on Monday, June 8th to begin set-up for the start of a three-day visit with students at North Peace Secondary School (NPSS) in Fort St. John.
  6. BCIT medical radiography student Cherie with her x-ray demo equipment... and Mr. Bones!
  7. The roadshow's 14 post-secondary students helped demonstrate careers in nine different health disciplines to NPSS students: Medicine, nursing, midwifery, physical therapy, occupational therapy, dentistry, medical laboratory technology, medical radiography technology and biomedical engineering.
  8. Later in the day, the group was taken out to experience the beauty of the North Peace region with a jet boat tour.

    Thank you to Twila and Wyatt Soule and friends for your time and your generosity in showing us the amazing scenery of the Peace and Pine Rivers, and for a delicious supper on the riverbank!

  9. DAY TWO - Tuesday:
  10. The second day started with an early morning interview about the roadshow at 6:45am on CBC Daybreak North, featuring Dr. Sean Maurice, Northern Medical Program senior lab instructor, and medical student Quinn Gentles.
  11. The group (including, L-R, Liv, Christina and Tyson, above photo) set up again in the morning at NPSS for another day of hands-on demos and activities with local students.
  12. The roadshow's visit to Fort St. John provided a homecoming stage for UBC physical therapy student Tyson Bell and Northern Medical Program student Quinn Gentles, who both graduated from North Peace Secondary.
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