Deh Cho Region
Irene has worked for over 30 years at the Health Centre in Fort Liard. She quietly and confidentially does a tremendous amount of work for the community through her involvement in community activities. She is a Justice of the Peace, and a very involved member of the local health care team. Family is very important to Irene and she likes to spend her spare time with her grandchildren.
Christine was born in Deline and has always been an active member of society. Everybody knows of her and her contribution. She was a single mother that brought up 5 children and worked for the GNWT developing mental health and drug and alcohol programs. Later she completed a teacher’s education degree. She attends all community meetings and gets her students at the learning centre involved in all the community events. Christine is a good role model because she has preserved her Dene language and traditions of her heritage while using them in her teaching style. She shares her knowledge with kindness, and she is a very loving person who shares Dene ideals and perceptive in all aspects of her life.
Margaret (Maggie) Kurszewki
South Slave Region
Maggie is a Chipewayn/Metis woman who was born in Fort Smith. She has done many things over her life and contributed to the lives of many youth and adults throughout the Northwest Territories. She was in residential school before completing her grade 10 education (the highest level you could achieve at that time). Maggie works tirelessly for others every day and has for her whole life. She is a good role model because she has overcome many obstacles in a positive way; she overcome the loneliness of residential school and has forgiven those from her past. She shares her life stories in schools, and sits as an elder at political meetings for the Metis organization. She deserves recognition for her generous and kind spirit.
North Slave Region
Alice enjoys helping others more than herself and encourages women to achieve their goals. She is a great support to women and has been actively involved in her community for more than 10 years. She chooses to practice a healthy life style and she encourages other to do the same.
Mary Effie Snowshoe
Beaufort Delta Region
Mary was a teacher of aboriginal language for 23 years and has since retired. While she was working she taught her students not only language but how to bead, sew, and live on the land. She used to say, “you can be anything you want to be”. She has been a counselor in her community for many years, and her door is always open to anyone in need. Mary is a foster parent and has touched many children’s lives. She will always make time to take her family on the land and learn traditional skills. Presently, she still comes to the school to offer her services to keep her language and culture alive.