Scott McAdam Youth Leadership Award – Tamara Jovic (Yellowknife)
Tamara is involved in a wide array of extra-curricular activities. She has helped coach children’s tennis lessons and swim lessons. As a Party Pool Assistant and Instructor in Craft Classes, she works with children ranging from six to ten years old. As an athlete she participated in the 2016 Arctic Winter Games (Silver Medal), the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games.
Innovation Award – Allie McDonald (Fort Smith)
Allie works tirelessly to ensure youth and adults alike in Fort Smith have access to a wide array of fun and competitive recreational activities. Allie is president and the organizing force behind Fort Smith’s adult slo-pitch league and also sits on the board for the women’s hockey league. In service of our community’s youth, Allie coaches basketball, soccer, volleyball, and track and field, and frequently travels to tournaments as either coach or chaperone, including to the Arctic Winter Games.
Award of Excellence – Natasha Kulikowski (Inuvik)
Natasha is extremely involved in her community. She runs a free boot camp two nights a week for 9 months a year. She promotes a healthy lifestyle by accessing Get Active sponsorship for a number of activities (boot camp, squash, Recreation and Parks Month activities, etc.), she is the co-organizer for the Terry Fox Run in town, is a town councillor, is a member of our local Parks and Rec committee and participates in many sports herself such as volleyball, squash, slow-pitch, and soccer. She also organizes teams to participate in the Walk to Tuk Challenge and helps to keep the team motivated to keep on moving!
Active Elder Award – Bella Nitsiza (Whati)
Bella is a retired community teacher, who continues to offer her traditional knowledge expertise and skills to the youth and children by way of her busy activities around her home and the community. Bella attends as many community events as she can while actively caring for her family, friends and community. She is fondly admired by many for all her past and present endeavors especially by her past students for her caring and kindness.
The NWTRPA accepts nominations for the awards program annually in July. For more information about current awards and nomination guidelines, visit http://www.nwtrpa.org/awards.htm.