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Gjoa Haven NTEP students celebrate graduation

Graduates and Dignitaries: Front Row, left to right, are: Abby Anavilok; Eleanor Cipriano; Catherine Hiqiniq; Rhonda Nimiqtaqtuq; and Rita Porter. Back row, left to right, are: John MacDonald (Assistant Deputy Minister: Education); Peter Ma (President: Nunavut Arctic College); Tony Akoak (Member: Legislative Assembly / Gjoa Haven); Vi Maeers (University of Regina); Hon. Paul Quassa: Minister of Education / Nunavut Arctic College); Joanni Sallerina (Mayor: Gjoa Haven); Jackie Ameralik (Chairman: District Education Authority / Gjoa Haven); Ron Pittman (Instructor: Nunavut Teacher Education Program / Gjoa Haven); and Brian Manning (Director: Education Programs / Nunavut Arctic College). Graduates and Dignitaries: Front Row, left to right, are: Abby Anavilok; Eleanor Cipriano; Catherine Hiqiniq; Rhonda Nimiqtaqtuq; and Rita Porter. Back row, left to right, are: John MacDonald (Assistant Deputy Minister: Education); Peter Ma (President: Nunavut Arctic College); Tony Akoak (Member: Legislative Assembly / Gjoa Haven); Vi Maeers (University of Regina); Hon. Paul Quassa: Minister of Education / Nunavut Arctic College); Joanni Sallerina (Mayor: Gjoa Haven); Jackie Ameralik (Chairman: District Education Authority / Gjoa Haven); Ron Pittman (Instructor: Nunavut Teacher Education Program / Gjoa Haven); and Brian Manning (Director: Education Programs / Nunavut Arctic College).

Last week we participated in an impressive Graduation Ceremony held in the Kitikmeot community of Gjoa Haven.

This was in recognition of our Nunavut Arctic College students who have completed the Nunavut Teacher Education Program (NTEP). These students have successfully finished course work leading to a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Regina. All have been hired as Teachers in the Gjoa Haven school system for the new academic year.

We wish to share with you some of the items from the community celebration.

 

Graduates and NTEP Staff: Front Row, left to right, are: Abby Anavilok; Eleanor Cipriano; Catherine Hiqiniq; Rhonda Nimiqtaqtuq; and Rita Porter. Back row, left to right, are: Gloria Uluqsi (NTEP Manager: Kivalliq / Kitikmeot); Ron Pittman (NTEP Instructor); Andrea Burry (NTEP Manager: Qikiqtani); and Stephen Snowball (NTEP Instructor).

Valedictorian: Left to right, are: Brian Manning (Director: Education Programs / Nunavut Arctic College) and Catherine Hiqiniq (NTEP Graduate and Valedictorian). Catherine presented a commentary that reflected on the years of NTEP study and the support from the parents, siblings, spouses and the community of Gjoa Haven. It was an emotional and touching tribute.

Role Model: Left to right, are: Brian Manning (Director: Education Programs / Nunavut Arctic College) and Joanni Sallerina (Mayor: Gjoa Haven). In 2014, Joanni was the first ever graduate from the University of Regina in the community of Gjoa Haven. During his career in education in the community he has served as a positive role model for our students. His positive and encouraging comments resonated well with the Graduates and audience.

The Gjoa Haven NTEP Graduation Ceremony would like to thank the following for their support:

Prayer: Jonathan Hiqiniq

Welcome: Brian Manning, Director: Education Programs NAC

Greetings: NAC Peter Ma President: Nunavut Arctic College

 Greetings: U of R: Dr. Vi Maeers - University of Regina

Greetings: Dept. of Education: John MacDonald – ADM / Education

Address to Graduates Hon. Paul Quassa

Minister: Education / NAC

Presentation of Graduates:                                            

  • Abby Anavilok, Bachelor of Education Degree
  • Eleanor Cipriano,  Bachelor of Education Degree
  • Catherine Hiqiniq, Bachelor of Education Degree
  • Rhonda Nimiqtaqtuq,  Bachelor of Education Degree
  • Rita Porter, Bachelor of Education Degree

 Valedictorian: Catherine Hiqiniq

Commentary: Tony Akoak: MLA – Gjoa Haven

Civic Statement: Joanni Sallerina: Mayor

DEA Statement: Jackie Ameralik: Chairperson DEA

Closing Commentary: Ron Pittman: Gjoa Haven NTEP Instructor

 **Master of Ceremonies: Simon Okpakok

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