Jazmine Gardner

2012 Winners

Jazmine Gardner
2012 Winners
Marsha Argue Yellowknife of the North Slave Region

Marsha Argue
Yellowknife of the North Slave Region

Marsha Argue

North Slave Region

Marsha has been a champion of women’s equality for over four decades.  She has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to bring attention to and resolve issues impacting women in all spheres of northern life.  She was a driving force behind the formation of the Status of Women Council NWT through her work on the Women’s Advisory Council.  She was also instrumental was starting the NWT Breast Health/Breast Cancer Action Group.  Marsha has advocated for women in industrial workplaces, against gender violence, for childcare and on other issues that impact women’s equality, safety and dignity. 

Therese (Dollie) Simon Fort Resolution of the South Slave Region

Therese (Dollie) Simon
Fort Resolution of the South Slave Region

Therese ( Dollie) Simon

South Slave Region

Dollie was a board member and chair of the Status of Women Council NWT for over seven years.  She has shown great leadership, vision and compassion not only locally but regionally and territorially.  She continually works for the equality of women, particularly Aboriginal women.  She is a harvester and a leader of the Cadets & Canadian Rangers.   Dollie is an inspiration with her quiet, but confident wisdom and absolute commitment to women of the north.

Margaret Vandell Fort Providence of the Deh Cho Region

Margaret Vandell
Fort Providence of the Deh Cho Region

Margaret Vandell

Deh Cho Region

Margaret has improved the lives of young women and men in the community of Fort Providence.  She was a nurse, teacher, elder and most of all a beautiful wise woman with a strong and influential spirit. She has held on to her language and continues to tell her stories from when she was growing up facing the same obstacles many young aboriginal people do today.  The respect and responsibility Margaret had shown in the community and school has always been empowering to others.  Her knowledge is rich with traditional medicines and remedies; from sweet grass to rat root.  She has imprinted many students with her knowledge of the land and traditional practices.

Ethel Blondin-Andrew Tulitaof the Sahtu Region

Ethel Blondin-Andrew
Tulitaof the Sahtu Region

Ethel Blondin-Andrew

Sahtu Region

Ethel has been a strong leader her entire life.  After receiving her degree in Education she taught in Tuk, Deline, Fort Providence and Yellowknife.  During her tenure with the GNWT she served on the Arctic Institute of North America, as well as the Assembly of First Nations Aboriginal Language Committee.  She has always championed for better education for northern students.  Ethel was the first aboriginal women elected to the House of Commons.  She has worked tirelessly on and chaired numerous committees for women’s issues in the north.  Poverty, childcare, needs of children with special needs, and the health and well being of aboriginals and all northerners are just a few of her passions.  Ethel is a positive role model for northern aboriginal women and she currently serves as the Sahtu Secretariats Chairperson.  She also sits on the Aurora College board for the Sahtu Region. 

Greta Anne Marie Sittichinli (nee Frost) Inuvik of the Beaufort Delta Region

Greta Anne Marie Sittichinli (nee Frost)
Inuvik of the Beaufort Delta Region

Greta Anne Marie Sittichinli (nee Frost)

Beaufort Delta Region

Greta is well known and respected by the people of this region.  She volunteers her time coaching and leading young girls in soccer, working hard with her team to raise money and support for her athletes.  She devotes her time to the community church and their Sunday school programs as well as helping to organize community events at the annual Canada Celebrations and Aboriginal Day Events.  She organizes and participates in sewing, crafting, cookie exchanges and other gatherings of women.  Greta is a strong role model.  At a young age she was a widowed single mother that obtained a double degree in Education and Management.    Even after all the tragedy that Greta has faced in her life she still has the attitude “don’t give up”.  Greta has a very humble manner, never seeking or expecting recognition but always supporting her community.