Jazmine Gardner

2009 Winners

Jazmine Gardner
2009 Winners
Ruby Jumbo Trout Lake of the Deh Cho Region

Ruby Jumbo
Trout Lake of the Deh Cho Region

Ruby Jumbo

Deh Cho Region

Ruby, over the past 10 years, has been synonymous with the Band Office. Early or late, Ruby will most likely be found working to support the Chief and Band Council and Band staff as they provide community services and programs. She assists women of the community who require assistance and “is constantly sought out for advice, which she gives wisely and freely.”

Cece McCauley Norman Wells of the Sahtu Region

Cece McCauley
Norman Wells of the Sahtu Region

Cece McCauley

Sahtu Region

Cece McCauley was the first woman chief in the NWT and the first Chief of the Inuvik Band after its creation. She is an Honorary Chief, business woman, newspaper columnist, agent for change, and founder of the Women Warriors. Cece has been at the table of business and governance over 40
years, introducing and promoting ideas before all levels of governments, and in turn encouraging people to get involved to help themselves and their communities. Cece is passionate about business and progress that involves the people of the North, so they benefit with employment and the capacity to improve their community infrastructure and services. Many look forward to a day when the shovel to turn sod on the highway extension from Wrigley to Inuvik is passed to Cece, recognizing her tireless efforts to see this project become a reality.

Frieda Martselos Fort Smith of the South Slave Region

Frieda Martselos
Fort Smith of the South Slave Region

Frieda Martselos

South Slave Region

Frieda is a proud Aboriginal woman known as a person determined to stand up for the people of Fort Smith, willing to help anyone in need. She never lets adversity break her spirit or cloud her dreams and beliefs. She has organized auctions to raise money for both churches in Fort Smith when they needed financial assistance, and another auction to support the high school travel club. She also worked on the first homeless
shelter for men in Fort Smith. She believes in mentoring young women, “teaching them that they too can reach their goals and
achieve great success.”

Lynn Brooks Yellowknife of the North Slave Region

Lynn Brooks
Yellowknife of the North Slave Region

Lynn Brooks

North Slave Region

After more than 30 years of advocacy for the battered, the homeless and the marginalized, and working towards gender
equality by organizing and mobilizing women to face injustice and adversity, Lynn, who retired from employment and board
member with the Status of Women Council of the NWT, can now finally be eligible for a Wise Woman Award. The list of Lynn’s work is phenomenal. All these accomplishments have been in tandem with raising a family and taking in many foster children. As one of her nominators said: Lynn “is truly a Wise Woman of the 21st century. She inspires me.”

Mary Ann Ross Inuvik of the Beaufort Delta Region

Mary Ann Ross
Inuvik of the Beaufort Delta Region

Mary Ann Ross

Beaufort Delta Region

Mary Ann Ross is a Gwich’in woman who serves her people and community as Vice-President of the Gwich’in Tribal Council. She is the NWT representative for the Gwich’in Council International, President of the Aboriginal Futures Society, and member of the Inuvik Interagency Committee. She is proud of her people and her culture and works with a dedicated perseverance for the betterment of the Gwich’in and her community. Mary Ann attributes her wisdom to raising four children. She has shown other young women and her community “that women can not only raise a family on their
own, they can raise a community.”