School of St Jude graduate Dorice Livingstone has been given Dr June Canavan's stethoscope.
School of St Jude graduate Dorice Livingstone has been given Dr June Canavan's stethoscope. David Wilfred ( SKYMEDiA )

Dorice hopes to continue good work of Dr Canavan

THE legacy of a Sunshine Coast doctor who died during a fundraising mission for a school in Africa is continuing through one of its graduates.

Dorice Livingston, who completed her schooling at the School of St Jude’s in Tanzania, is following in the footsteps of Dr June Canavan with her ambition to become a doctor.

Dr Canavan, who worked as a sports physician and family doctor at Maroochydore, was on her way to walk the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea in a five-peaks challenge to raise money for the school when the plane she was in crashed in 2009.

School of St Jude graduate Dorice Livingstone has been given Dr June Canavan's stethoscope.
School of St Jude graduate Dorice Livingstone has been given Dr June Canavan's stethoscope. David Wilfred ( SKYMEDiA )

She and her friend Keith Grace, from Sunshine Beach, who was to accompany her on the trek, were killed.

A foundation established by Dr Canavan’s family, friends, former patients and colleagues continues to support her causes and has donated more than $250,000 to the School of St Jude’s in the last six years.

The June Canavan Foundation gifted custodianship of her stethoscope to Dorice when the young woman recently visited Australia with St Jude’s founder Gemma Sisia to thank supporters.

Like Dr Canavan, Dorice is giving back to the community, volunteering as the sole biology teacher at the under-funded government school she attended before entering St Jude’s.

She hopes to specialise in gynaecology once she completes her medical degree.

She met Dr Canavan’s partner, Anne Gripper, during her trip and learned more about Dr Canavan and her legacy.

“I learned that June was the most caring of women with so much energy and love for her community,” she said.

“I hope that when I finish my studies and become a doctor, and start helping my people, I can deserve this gift. I know it will inspire my in my studies and I will think of her all the time.”



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