August 2019

Friday September 6 at 6:30 pm at Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center – Last of the #IYIL speaker events: Irene Arnold and Siri Tuttle will talk about self-expression in Tanacross!

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In honor of the 2019 Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic, we’d like to introduce you to another of our amazing Morris Thompson competitive scholarship recipients: Jayne Martin. A 2019 graduate who holds bachelor’s degrees in safety management and business management, Jayne earned Morris Thompson competitive scholarships awarded by Doyon Foundation. Her parents are Jean Martin of Clarion, Pennsylvania, and Jim Martin of Butler, Pennsylvania. Jayne’s hometown is Meadville, Pennsylvania.

Jayne is a graduate of Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. She lives in Virginia where she’s employed as a safety coordinator with Rosendin Electric, a design-build engineering company founded in 1919.

Doyon Foundation: Congratulations on your new job and earning two degrees in four years. How did Doyon Foundation help you achieve your goals?

Jayne Martin: The Foundation helped endlessly by awarding me with scholarships every semester. Without those scholarships, it would have been difficult to stay in school and earn two degrees in my four years.

DF: That’s a significant achievement.

JM: My biggest challenge was overcoming challenges that were new to me. But the greatest challenges and struggles in life bring you the greatest rewards. I learned that it’s important to be resilient and face challenges head on.

I would tell everyone to always remember that failure is a part of life. Failing is a learning opportunity that can make you stronger and better in the end.

DF: And beyond the classroom? How did you spend your time?

JM: I was part of a Relay for Life team representing my college majors. In my freshman year, I was a seminar peer leader. I’ve volunteered through my church and was a member of professional groups including Women in Safety Excellence and the American Society of Safety Professionals.

DF: Now that you’re settling into a new home and a new job what’s on the horizon for you?

JM: I plan to continue working for Rosendin and eventually earn credentials as an Associate Safety Professional and Certified Safety Professional. I want to become a safety manager one day.

Named in honor of the late Morris Thompson, former president and CEO of Doyon, Limited, the Morris Thompson Scholarship, awarded by Doyon Foundation, has helped more than 200 students earn college degrees. The annual Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic raises money for this competitive scholarship fund. This year’s golf classic took place June 13 and 14 in Fairbanks.

A special thank you to all of our 2019 Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic sponsors, including our custom sponsors:

  • Alyeska Pipeline Service Company
  • Avalon Development Corporation
  • American Tire & Auto
  • Associated Pipe Line Contractors, Inc.
  • Avalon Development Corporation
  • B & H Promotions
  • Bruce Abbott & Helen Renfrew
  • Carlson Center
  • Chena Hot Springs Resort
  • Colville, Inc.
  • DW Grill & Catering
  • Explore Fairbanks
  • Chevrolet Buick GMC of Fairbanks
  • GCI
  • Great Harvest Bread Company
  • McCafferty’s, A Coffee House, Etc.
  • Moose’s Tooth/Bear Tooth
  • NOV Rig Technologies
  • Peppermill Reno
  • Salon Bella
  • Santina’s Flowers & Gifts
  • Sophie’s Station & Zach’s Restaurant
  • Spenard Roadhouse
  • Strategies 360
  • Street Sounds
  • Sunrise Bagel & Espresso
  • The Outpost
  • The Woodway
  • Westmark Fairbanks
  • Yukon Quest

Your support makes scholarships for students like Jayne possible! View all 2019 sponsors on our website.

To learn about future opportunities to support the event as a sponsor, golfer or volunteer, visit the Foundation website for details. 

As a successful Alaska Native corporation, Doyon is continuously striving to build leaders within our company and with our shareholders. We’ve created Doyon Leadership Training (DLT), a thoughtfully structured program that invests in the leadership potential that exists throughout the Doyon region.

Outstanding leadership creates an atmosphere of inspired performance. It is equal parts professional and personal development. It arises when individuals deepen and stretch the authentic expression of who they are and the skills they possess.

Structured around these ideas, DLT aims to build leaders among our own ranks. The strategically designed program includes:

  • Immersive full-day training sessions
  • Reading assignments and responses
  • Short assignments
  • Participation in teleconferences
  • One-on-one coaching sessions
  • Mentorship relationships
  • Presentation of an original project to Doyon leadership

To download the 2019 DLT application, please click here. The deadline to submit an application is September 13, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. AKDT.

2019/2020 DLT participants are expected attend all training sessions scheduled, October 2019 through May 2020.

The 2019/2020 training schedule is as follows:

  • Module 1: October 24 – 26, 2019
  • Module 2: December 12 – 14, 2019
  • Module 3: January 30 – February 1, 2020
  • Module 4: March 12 – 14, 2020
  • Module 5: April 29 – May 1, 2020

To learn more about Doyon Leadership Training, please contact shareholder outreach at 1-888-478-4755 ext. 2085 (toll free), 459-2085 (in Fairbanks) or

DLT 2019-2020

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Mark your calendar and plan to join us for the Doyon Foundation 2019 scholarship award ceremony! The event will take place Friday, August 30 at 4 p.m. in Fairbanks at the Doyon Industrial Facility building, 701 Bidwell Avenue, Suite 400, off South Cushman Street.

At the event, we will announce and celebrate our 2019 full-time and part-time basic scholarship recipients, as well as our 2019 – 2020 competitive scholarship recipients. We’ll also hear from Foundation staff, a student speaker and one of our alumni.

Students, family, friends, teachers, donors and other supporters are invited and encouraged to attend. We hope to see you there!

PA’I Foundation is seeking 3-4 performing Artists for their touring production, The Indigenous Road Show. Application deadline is Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 11:59pm PST (Pacific Standard Time). For more details on this amazing opportunity, please see PDF attached or contact AIP Program ManaIndigenous Road Show overview - 8-1-19-page-001ger, Ed Bourgeois at

We are pleased to present our August 2019 Native words of the month in Hän.


Thank you to our speaker, the late Isaac Juneby.

Łuu choo = Salmon

Łuu choo nįdhän. = He wants salmon


Thank you to our speaker, Ruth Ridley.

Ä̀h’ä̀ä = Outside

Ä̀h’ä̀ä k’oh hònlįį. = It is cloudy outside.

For more translations, view our Native word of the month archives on the Foundation website.

We also invite you to access free online language-learning lessons by signing up for Doyon Languages Online! We currently have lessons available for HolikachukDenaakk’eBenhti Kenaga’ and Gwich’in, as well as a special set of Hän lessons based on the work of the late Isaac Juneby. All interested learners may sign up and access the courses at no charge – sign up today!

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