Deh Cho Region
Harriet understands the ways of the Dene people and the land, she was taught well by her parents. She learned from childhood how to be a good care-giver and has not stopped giving since. She is a role model for keeping tradition and cultural values and knowledge alive. Though she has been through many obstacles on her journey with the ability to help others overcome their grief, health issues and spiritual needs she has become a very powerful advisor. Harriet works tirelessly and effortlessly every day to make a difference for her community. She takes elders to her camp all year round and loves to see how happy they are to spend time on the land. Harriet has offered many workshops around health, abuse, and family violence awareness. Through these and her natural gift as wise woman she has made a difference in so many of women’s lives.
Patricia has been involved with community events, volunteering and healthy living for a very long time. She helps women in need either through counselling that is desperately needed or helping with personal needs like food. She helps out with the local church and cooks for women during workshops and gatherings. Patricia is a model worker and a loving family woman with her community at the forefront of her mind; she is always giving back when she can.
North Slave Region
Karen is a vocal and passionate supporter of women’s rights and women’s safety. She has volunteered her time and talents as a ghost writer for many campaign’s, information sessions, research projects, and presentations. She has helped raise awareness around women’s issues, family violence and children with disabilities. This former Delta girl is a voice for those that cannot speak and a power house for justice and adult education. Always willing to help out a friend from the smallest request to the most heartfelt sacrifice, Karen is a model of promises kept and her word is her bond. She is a staple volunteer for all annual events and conferences the Status of Women Council puts on not excluding helping every year with the set up for this very award. Though professionally she has been involved in a lot of her passions most of Karen’s advocacy work has been done after hours or through volunteer work.
Sister Margaret (Maggie) Ann Beaudette
South Slave Region
Sister Maggie was a teacher for over 38 years, acted as the librarian for the Hay River Dene and has improved many women’s lives through her passion for literacy. Even after retirement she has continued to help adults advance their literacy skills. She is involved in many events that benefit the community such as fundraising for the Soup Kitchen and Women’s Centre as well as the Ministerial Christmas musical program. Another passion that Sister follows is music. She not only has a beautiful voice but is the choir director for the church. She also created and directed a children’s choir at Chief Sunrise School that was unique as it taught students to take pride in their culture through songs that used their language (Slavey) and working together. Sister Maggie was born to give to those around her and is a light that brings wisdom to those that seek it every day she demonstrates the qualities of kindness, charity and generosity. She is a strong woman who leads by example and reaches out to those in need.
Pamela Faith Gordon
Beaufort Delta Region
Faith works for the Hamlet of Aklavik and is known for her help in organizing many local and regional events across the Beaufort Delta. She has spent many hours planning the Shingle Point Summer Games. Whenever people need fundraising whether it is to assist them to be with loved ones who are traveling on medical or to be with families who are dealing with loss Faith will take that task on without being asked. She is a single mother who is committed to supporting people because she has gone through a lot and has firsthand experience. Whether it is Aklavik Drum Dance group, the Sing-a-Long group, the Mad Trapper Redezvous Committee or the Recreation Committee there is always a need for an organizer and someone to seek donations and support that person is Faith.