GNWT honours NWT Public Servants at Annual Premier's Awards

Yellowknife — June 10, 2019
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The annual Premier’s Awards for Excellence were held in the Caribou Room of the Chateau Nova Hotel this morning.

 The Premier’s Award recognizes the outstanding achievement of individual GNWT employees or teams of GNWT employees who continue to strive for excellence, best practice management and improvements in the workplace.

The Premier’s Award for Collaboration recognizes the outstanding achievement of GNWT employees in teams who work in partnership with other government and non-government employees to improve services to Northwest Territories’ residents.

 The Dave Ramsden Career Excellence Award recognizes the outstanding achievements of individuals in the Northwest Territories who have served 20 years or more in the Government of the Northwest Territories public service. The goal of this award is to recognize individuals who have made a commitment to their careers in the public service.

The Honourable Bob McLeod was in attendance to present the awards along with the Master of Ceremonies, Secretary to Cabinet and Deputy Minister of the Executive and Indigenous Affairs, Mike Aumond.

 The GNWT is committed to providing excellent public service to residents of the Northwest Territories and is proud of the contributions of all NWT public servants.


 “Everyone recognized and honoured this morning has committed themselves to ensuring the strength, sustainability, and prosperity of the NWT. Their contributions have helped make our territory a healthier, safer, and more connected place to live and we are all better and stronger for it.”

- Bob McLeod, Premier of the Northwest Territories


Quick Facts

 The following awards were presented at this morning’s ceremony:

 Premier’s Award for Excellence (Individuals) Recipients

 Michael Conway –Department of Infrastructure

Michael was instrumental in developing partnerships to implement a new governance model for the Yellowknife Airport, effectively transforming the airport from a government subsidized service to a self-sustaining entity.

 Emily Kudlak – Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority, Beaufort Delta

Emily succeeded in incorporated traditional language into government practice and services to effectively increase access to programs and services to Beaufort-Delta residents who do not speak English

 Velma Illasiak – Beaufort Delta Education Council

Under her leadership, Moose Kerr School has become a more inclusive environment for students, staff, and community by incorporating cultural activities and traditional knowledge into school programming and student life.

 Premier’s Award for Excellence (Team)

 Cannabis Legalization Legislation Development Team

Within an extremely tight time frame, this team successfully developed and implemented the necessary legislation to support the federal government’s legalization of cannabis through effective development and collaboration across multiple GNWT departments and agencies.

 Mackenzie Place Fire Recovery Team

Working outside their normal scope of duty this team of GNWT staff answered the call to lend aid and support to the over 100 displaced residents after the Mackenzie Place fire in Hay River earlier this year. 

 GNWT Corporate Brand Implementation Team

Throughout the implementation of the GNWT's new visual identity program, this team exceeded all expectations through dedication, creativity, and commitment to the GNWT brand by designing and implementing a visual identity for the GNWT that reflects the unique culture, environment, and energy of the north.

 Implementation Team Corrections Service Case Management and Program Delivery

The Corrections Service Division with the Department of Justice provided oversight to the development and implementation of several case management and program delivery initiatives through their Corrections Service Case Management and Program Delivery Model. This resulted in an increased number of inmate programs specifically designed to meet the unique needs of and better serve NWT offenders.

 Premier’s Award for Collaboration

 Moose Kerr School Student Success Initiative (Beaufort Delta Education Council, Aklavik District Education Authority, Aklavik Community Elders)

This Initiative created a higher standard for teachers and students, and inspires a shared vision for all schools and students in the Beaufort Delta of respecting, incorporating, preserving, and maintaining traditional knowledge.

 Arts, Crafts, Technology and Micro-manufacturing Centre (Aurora College, Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment , Town of Inuvik, Inuvialuit Community Economic Development Organization, Gwich’in Tribal Council)

This team showed innovation, excellence and creativity by collaborating to support northern artists through an arts, crafts, and technology micro-manufacturing centre with an award-winning program allowing users to build capacity and increase economic development.

 Special Constables Exhibits (RCMP, Department of Education, Culture and Employment, Department of Justice)

Team Members collaborated in a series of exhibits dedicated to collecting, exhibiting and sharing RCMP history in the North and highlighting the significant historical role of the RCMP, and the important contributions made by so many  from across the NWT who have provided life-sustaining and operational support.

 Dave Ramsden Career Excellence Award

 André Corriveau – Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority

Dr. Corriveau’s distinguished 22 year career with the Government of the Northwest Territories, starting as a Regional Medical Health Officer in 1994 and continuing to serve in progressively more challenging positions, including as Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Chief Medical Officer, and Chief Public Health Officer of the Northwest Territories.


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