Vince McKay: 2022 and 2023 Outstanding Volunteer Awards

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Mr. Speaker, I want to start by congratulating everyone who was nominated for 2022 and 2023 NWT Outstanding Volunteer Awards.

This program was introduced in 1991 to recognize exceptional volunteers and highlight the importance of volunteerism in the Northwest Territories. I am proud to say that over 1,000 individuals and groups have been nominated for these awards since that time.

Mr. Speaker, this year, volunteers are being recognized for 2022 and 2023. Every nomination is noteworthy on its own, and I want to thank everyone who took the time to submit one.

The 2022 award program received a total of nine nominations from five communities. Of those, two were in the Elder category, four were in the Group category, and three were in the Individual category.
I am pleased to announce that the recipients of the NWT Outstanding Volunteer Awards for 2022 are, Diane Hache in the category of Outstanding Elder, Nicole Spencer in the category of Outstanding Individual, and the Yellowknife Ultimate Club Board in the category of Outstanding Group.

The 2023 award program received a total of 29 nominations from 11 communities. Of those, ten were in the Elder category, four were in the Group category, 14 were in the Individual category, and one was in the Youth category.  

I am pleased to announce that the recipients of the NWT Outstanding Volunteer Awards for 2023 are, Louie Beaulieu in the category of Outstanding Elder, Katelinne Ruben in the category of Outstanding Youth, Tania Hercun in the category of Outstanding Individual, and the Slide Zone Shredders in the category of Outstanding Group.

Mr. Speaker, I was honoured to recognize all of these individuals and groups in the Legislative Assembly earlier today. Volunteers help build and support our communities, and I am excited to acknowledge their efforts. The Northwest Territories is more vibrant and resilient with the important contributions from volunteers.

To our 2022 and 2023 Outstanding Volunteers, thank you for your contributions to your neighbours, your communities, and the Northwest Territories. I hope that your stories inspire other NWT residents to consider volunteerism and give back to their communities like you have.

Your tireless efforts to make life better for those around you help make the Northwest Territories such a great place to live.

 

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.