Melanie Osmack, Acting Director
Melanie Osmack is of mixed-European descent and is researching her Cree ancestry on her mother's side. She lives with her family on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh, colonially known as Vancouver B.C. where you will often find her paddling, biking, and hiking.
Melanie is a graduate of the Aboriginal Health and Community Administrative Program at UBC, with an MA in Applied Linguistics for Adult Education and a BA in International Development. Prior to joining IPAC, she sat on the Board of Directors for the British Columbia Association of Pregnancy Outreach Programs for six years, the final two as Board President.
Since being promoted to Acting Director, Melanie's focus has been on building capacity and sustainability for IPAC, so we can better address IPAC's strategic priorities: supporting medical learners, anti-Indigenous racism in healthcare and medical education, creating future leaders, physician wellness and joy in work, and COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence.
Melanie looks forward to seeing you all at PRIDoC 2022 July 10-15.
Ariel John, Administrative Coordinator
Ariel's Inuvialuktun name is ikilanna and her name ênêhiyawêwin (in Cree is) mahkêsis iskwêw. Her mother is from Tuktoyaktuk, NT and her father is from Onion Lake Cree Nation, SK. Ariel has a Bachelor of Education: Secondary Route from the University of Alberta where she focused on both Biology and Cree as a Second Language.
Ariel has a wide range of life and work experience -- the latter including twelve years with the Canadian Armed Forces, a summer with the Canadian Coast Guard in one of their Arctic Programs, and, more recently, time spent teaching junior high & high school in two different Indigenous communities. After work, Ariel can be found spending time with her nieces, working out at the gym, or hunting with her dad.
Ariel is very excited to provide administrative support to both the staff here at IPAC as well as the Board of Directors.
Sara Ayaruak-Thomson, Membership & Mentorship Manager
Sara Natsiq Ayaruak-Thomson is of Inuit descent, born in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, part of the Ayaruak family, adopted and raised in Yellowknife, NWT by the Thomson family and now living in Sooke, BC on Vancouver Island where they are the only person who misses winter and snow!
Sara is trilingual in English, French & German, having obtained a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in French and German from Acadia University. Sara also has an interest in learning Inuktitut. In their spare time, Sara can be found reading non-fiction books, baking and cooking up a storm, camping or fishing.
Sara is dedicated to improving the membership experience and will be the main contact for member-related questions. They are also the lead for the IPAC Mentorship Program that is in the assessment and development phase.