25 Northerners Honoured with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal

5 juillet 2012
Communiqués de presse

YELLOWKNIFE (July 5, 2012) – Twenty-five Northwest Territories residents from Deline, Fort Resolution, Fort Simpson, Fort Smith, Hay River and Yellowknife are receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of their outstanding service to their communities and territory.

 Medals have been or will be presented at community ceremonies by Commissioner George Tuccaro, Premier Robert (Bob) McLeod, Senator for the Northwest Territories Nick Sibbeston, Member of Parliament, Western Arctic Dennis Bevington and Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

 “The Diamond Jubilee Medal recognizes the outstanding contributions that Canadians from every walk of life have made to their communities, their territory and their country,” said Premier McLeod.  “I want to join with the Commissioner, Senator, MP, MLAs and Regional Aboriginal leaders in congratulating each of the recipients for dedicating their time to making our communities stronger and healthier.”

 The Diamond Jubilee Medal was created by the Government of Canada as part of year-long celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Premier, Commissioner, Member of Parliament for the Western Arctic and Senator for the Northwest Territories are partners with the federal government in the medal program.

 Public nominations for Diamond Jubilee Medals to be presented later this year are being accepted until September 15, 2012. Visit www.gov.nt.ca for information and nomination forms. 

 For more information, please contact

Shaun Dean

Press Secretary

Office of the Premier and Executive Council

Government of the Northwest Territories

Tel: 867-669-2304

Fax: (867) 873-0111


Recipients of the Diamond Jubilee Medal are:

 Fort Resolution (presented on National Aboriginal Day)

  • Dorothy Beaulieu

  • Elizabeth Ann (Bess Ann) McKay and 

  • Corporal Therese (Dollie) Simon

  • Violet Beaulieu


Fort Simpson (Presented on Canada Day)

  • Albert Tsetso

  • Mary Louise Norwegian


Fort Smith (Presented on Canada Day)

  • Louise Fraser

  • Constable Peter Froyland


Hay River (Presented on Canada Day)

  • Marilyn Barnes

  • Lillian Crook

  • Roberta Hamilton

  • Staff Sergeant Retired RCMP Raymond John (Jack) Kruger

  • the late Bishop Sperry of Hay River


 Yellowknife (Presented on Canada Day)

  • Floyd Adlem

  • Helen Balanoff

  • Pooja Chugh

  • Stephen Clark

  • Captain Donald Finnamore

  • Kevin O’Reilly

  • Cole Philipp

  • Lee Selleck

  • Julian Tomlinson

  • Joy Watt


Deline (to be presented at Elder Diamond Jubilee Tea, July 6th)

  • Kirk Patrick Hughes

  • Charlie Neyelle


Please visit the GNWT Diamond Jubilee Website to read the citations describing the reasons the medals have been awarded to each individual and to see a list of other NWT recipients.