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Active Elders
"Walking is good for you, walk and listen to the doctor. "
Marcel Norn (2010 Active Elder)
2016 Active Elder
Bella Nitsiza - Whati

awardwinnerbella_thumbnail1Bella 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.

2015 Active Elder
Allen Joss - Ulukhaktok

EIM2015WS-84-smallAllen is an active elder in the community of Ulukhaktok.

He is always providing for the people by fishing and hunting.

Wilfred is also a cancer survivor, and loves giving back to his community by teaching the youth about their culture, and how important it is to never lose connection with your roots.

If you ask around, everyone knows who he is, and what he does. Congratulations Wilfred!

2014 Active Elder
Wilfred Jackson - Fort Good Hope

IMG_1005Wilfred is an active elder in the community of Fort Good Hope.

He is always providing for the people by fishing and hunting.

Wilfred is also a cancer survivor, and loves giving back to his community by teaching the youth about their culture, and how important it is to never lose connection with your roots.

If you ask around, everyone knows who he is, and what he does. Congratulations Wilfred!

Madeline Catholique - Lutsel K'e

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Madeline is the oldest female in her community and is still very active making traditional hides, tanning sewing and beading. Madeline shares her traditional knowledge by teaching at the school, showing women how to scrape and tan caribou and moose hides and she helps with the womens sewing group. To this day she still works on moose hides in the summer/fall months and in the winter she prepares the caribou hides.

Madeline continues to exercise and goes on the land camping and hunting to the annual spring and fall hunts to the barrenlands. Madeline is a much respected Elder in her community and has a passion to share her culture and traditions.

Rona Williams - Yellowknife

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Rona is an excellent example of an active, community-involved senior and is an inspiration.  Rona is a proud and active grandmother and she loves to walk and bike and has been participating in the weekly tai chi class.

Rona is a certified tai chi instructor that has involved numerous hours of tai chi training and weekend workshops.   Rona teaches tai chi in Yellowknife and also teaches chair tai chi to the residents of Aven Manor who do not have the physical ability to stand and do exercises.

“I am inspired by Rona’s quiet encouragement to each senior to participate according to their ability, her grace, and her honesty in knowing the need to ‘keep moving’  even on days when it isn’t always easy.” (quote from Linda Henry)

2013 Active Elders
Violet Beaulieu – Fort Resolution

Violet is an eighty years old with the mind and energy of twenty year old! You can 20130212-IMG_0981find her at any physical activity event happening in Fort Resolution from Nordic walking to curling and workout videos. When there is a Nordic walking session happening in the community, Violet walks from her home on the highway about 1.5km away to the elders Facility to participate in the group walk and then walks back again. Violet is definitely the leader of the pack and is the person to keep up too on the walks!

During community workout videos the organizer has said “no one can keep up with her”!

She is just amazing and it is an honour to present this award to Violet Beaulieu!

Through various workshops and training the NWTRPA staff have seen Violet in action and she is definitely a role model for not only her community but everyone she meets!

Gabriel Kochon – Fort Good Hope

20130212-IMG_1014Gabe is 84 years old and still goes out on the land with his wife Sarah. When Gabe is on the land he hauls wood, checks his nets, traps and hauls water.

Gabe often speaks on the local radio, attends community meetings and Elders workshops.

It is an honour to present this award to such an amazing Elder.

2010 Active Elder
Marcel Norn – Fort Resolution

Marcel Norn from Fort Resolution-REACHING UPMarcel Norn was a very active person for his age. He lived most of his life in Fort Resolution. For 13 years he lived and worked in Pine Point. Unfortunately due to suffering a heart attack in 1987, he was unable to work any longer. He had never been sick before, so he had to make adjustments in his life. The Doctor had told him to exercise, so he began walking every morning. He also changed the way he ate. He no longer used butter, he also stopped eating bacon and stayed away from fatty foods. He also used to smoke but gave up that bad habit. After he began to have problems with shortness of breath, Marcel underwent triple bypass surgery 5 years ago.

Marcel firmly believed that walking and watching what he ate helped his health. Not only did he walk consistently (even using a treadmill in the bad weather), but he also was an avid member of the Elders in Motion exercise group in Fort Resolution. He said that he used to always get leg cramps and he had tried medication, but that did not work. Since doing the exercises, he never got the leg cramps again.

We were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Marcel Norn. Marcel was a great advocate of the Elders in Motion Program, and was our first Elders in Motion Champion.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Marcel’s family, and the community of Fort Resolution.