About Cindy Jordan-Orlaw
Dr. Cindy Jordan-Orlaw was one of the first Aboriginal women to graduate from UBC Medicine. She was an active member of the community during her time at UBC and was passionate about mentoring other Aboriginal students after she graduated. Cindy passed away in August 2014, and a memorial celebration will be held on March 28, 2015.
Born in Inuvik, NWT, Cindy was the first Inuit to graduate from the UBC MD program. She lived for several years in northern British Columbia before she moved to Vancouver, to attend the UBC Faculty of Medicine. During her time at UBC, Cindy was passionate about Aboriginal health and was acting president of the Students for Aboriginal Health group. Following her graduation from UBC with a Medical Doctorate in 2002, Cindy went on to practice as a family physician in the North.
Cindy was strongly motivated by the lack of Aboriginal doctors, particularly in the North where there are few Inuit physicians. In addition to her role in family medicine, she worked as president of the Northwest Territories Medical Association and continued her education, working towards a Masters in Public Health from the University of Alaska. She was a powerful advocate for the role of education in shaping population health. In 2009, Cindy was named to the role of Chief Medical Officer of the NWT, a role from which she hoped to inspire Aboriginal youth, and show them by her own example that the possibility of going to school exists for them.
Cindy was very proud of her ancestry and had a deep commitment to her culture. She was the mother of two children, and many other colleagues, students and friends saw her as a mother figure. She always put herself in service of others, helping them and mentoring them. She was known for her sense of humour, cheery disposition and love of dance. A completely selfless person, she was driven to make a difference in the world and had a profound impact on everyone she met.Read More
The impact of your support
The Cindy Jordan-Orlaw Memorial Award in Health Sciences has been established by the community to honour her life.
In keeping with Cindy’s passions, this new award will be given to Indigenous health sciences students with young families who come to study at UBC. Please help us to continue her legacy by making a gift in support of this award today.
List of Donors
Dr. Rose Lenser
Leah May Walker
Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health
Anonymous & Offline Donations