ONBOARD magazine is our way of letting you know some of things we've been up to. It has great photos taken by our staff and volunteers, as well as some great stories about what we do. You can look through our archive here, download them for yourself, or sign up for a free subscription to be mailed to you. 


Summer 2017

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Inside you'll find:

  • The Volunteer Experience: First-time volunteer, Dr. Kathleen Nelson, reflects on her service at the Majuro hospital with our OBGYN team.
  • History is Woven In: The Artistic Spirit of the Marshall Islands
  • What's New At the Wellness Center? - Take a look at three programs that have been making incredible impacts on Majuro!
  • What Motivates Us to Serve? - Jacque Spence reflects on her work in the Marshall Islands and what inspires her to continue. 

 
 

Fall 2016 — 35th Anniversary Special

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Inside you'll find:

  • Starting from the Beginning: Captain Jamie Spence recalls the Canvasback catamaran's first—and harrowing—ocean crossing.
  • Look Where We've Been: Captain Jacque Spence reflects on the mission's growth over 35 years.
  • Running through New Doors: Sure, we're remembering our decades of service this year—but we're also looking toward the future.

Spring 2016

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Inside you'll find:

  • Sustainability and Food: Alexander Hirata explores the amazing climate adaptation work going on in the Marshall Islands
  • Starkey's Gift: Starkey Hearing Foundation and Canvasback have partnered to provide free hearing aids on Majuro!
  • An Exciting New Start: The Canvasback Wellness Center just ran a lifestyle intervention for members of the 177 Program, a US project created for Marshallese decedents of individuals effected by nuclear testing. 
  • Kalani Kaneko: Minister of Health: The RMI recently had a big change in government leadership. One change has been the appointment of Kalani Kaneko as Minister of Health. We're very excited to work with him! 

Fall 2015

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Inside, you'll find: 

  • Specialty Teams - Updates on our most recent Ophthalmology and Urology clinics, and what we accomplished.
  • Fresh Faces - Meet The Smiths, the new Wellness Center directors on Majuro. 
  • Teaching Leaders - A different and meaningful way for youth to do mission service in partnership with communities.
  • Getting to Know Our Neighbors - A research study done this summer on food and health habits has provided us with important information as we continue to serve Micronesia.
  • Phone-a-thon - It's that time of year again - It's your support that enables us to provide valuable services to the islands of the Pacific.

Winter 2015

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Inside, you'll find: 

  • Hospital Heroes - We couldn't do our trips or see the amount of patients we do without the help of hospital staff on the coral. 
  • Wellness Ways - Find out more about all the wonderful things our Wellness Center staff does.
  • Dalan the Kid - We're helping Dalan Jennet, a 14-year-old boy, receive a new nose. 
  • The Little RV that Could - Read about how amazing circumstances bring our Canvasback family together.

See the Beauty - Special Online Edition

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Inside, you'll find: 

  • Our Challenge - We have a challenge for ourselves, our supporters, and other nonprofits.
  • Tiny Canoes and Racing Too - Alex talks about model canoe racing on Majuro.
  • Island Fashion: What's a Muumuu? - How can a dress be both western and a sign of cultural pride?

Summer 2014

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Inside, you'll find: 

  • On the Coral - Alex gives us a firsthand look at his experience on Majuro.
  • Our Dynamic Duo - Learn more about Ray and Becky's work at the Wellness Center on Majuro, and see if you're up for the challenge,
  • Giving Elbow Room - See what our last Orthopedic team was able to do for a little boy named Patrick.
  • And much more!

Spring 2014

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Inside, you'll find: 

  • Specialty Spotlight: Gynecology - Read about the most recent medical clinic on Majuro.
  • A Taste of Majuro - Recipe - Learn how to make the Wellness Center's island-famous chocolate-covered bananas.
  • Gardening on the Atolls - How our collaboration with EarthBox is helping Marshallese get more access to fresh produce.
  • A DWC Christmas - We provided gifts to children who had never experienced Christmas before.
  • And more!

Fall 2013

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Stories Include:

  • Formula for Success - How do we send out all those incredible specialty teams?
  • Bandits for Charity - Read about The Coyote Bandits' benefit music tour which raised over $60,000 for us.
  • Prevention is the best Medicine - Meet Antonia Demas who is changing the way we think about nutrition education. 
  • DWC: Providing Possibilities - The Diabetes Wellness Center is under new management! 
  • The King of Delivery - We met the perfect guy to help us ship equipment.