North Slave Region
Emily is always ready to help others. She utilizes her past experience and traditional knowledge to help those in crisis and provide comfort to elders in their time of need. She never has to be asked and is the first one to step up and gather others. A beautiful example to the community as an elder, role model and wise woman, Emily is often the person called to learn about protocol, traditional ways and traditional healing. She has been committed to wellness throughout her life in her roles as a coroner, addictions councillor and much more. The community is more complete with her presence.
Dora improves the lives of everyone around her. She has worked for over 40 years to teach language and is celebrated as an expert on cultural traditions. The community takes heart and strength from her wisdom. Though life has not been easy for her she carries herself with courage and practices daily the traditional teachings of her people. She is a favored interpreter and translator for unilingual elders and competent in at least five dialects. Even when life has been unfair Dora is the first to help guide others in need. Like her late mother before her Alice Masuzumi, Dora was born to be a keeper.
South Slave Region
Edna believes strongly in the principle of paying it forward. She is known throughout the community for her helpfulness and kindness. Starting with her neighborhood and working outward she has been the driving force behind the Secret Santa program in Hay River for over 25 years. She has created strong community partnerships joining forces with volunteers to provide for the increasing number of people in need. Edna honors what she has learned from her Metis heritage by raising a community. Through her actions she has taught and trained a whole community how to reach out, respect one another and care for people.
Deh Cho Region
Martina was born and raised in Liidlii Kue and comes from humble beginnings. She has learned through experience to not take anyone for granted in her life and is a voice of women who struggle to find their own voice. Martina is passionate about language and speaks South Slavey. Her dedication to education is strong as she is chairperson for the Dehcho Divisional Education Council and sits on the Local District Education Authority. She is dedicated to spreading the word of God and is a representative for On Eagle’s Wings a children’s ministry program. She has been involved with the historical society preserving the local history for 25 years. Martina is a strong leader that has a quiet and caring nature always helping to empower women to be their best.
Beaufort Delta Region
Denise is the truest vision of leading by example. She has organized, volunteered for and participated in a plethora of community events such as clothing drives and the annual walk to Tuk. She is personally dedicated to the people in her community. Denise has been an educator for 32 years and is passionate about culture-based education and aboriginal languages. She has coordinated moose hide tanning camps and mentored countless young educators. A dynamic leader, teacher, coach, member of the church, mentor, volunteer, friend, Denise has touched all our lives. She is happiest when spending time on the land, helping people and sewing.