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Elders in Motion

 February 28, 2014
Posted by NWT Recreation and Parks Association

The NWT Recreation and Parks Association (NWTRPA) hosted the 2014 Elders in Motion, Falls Prevention Training Gathering in partnership with the Dene Nation, the GNWT Department of Health and Social Services, the NWT Seniors Society, the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, First Air and the NWT Sport and Recreation Council.

The Gathering brought together 81 participants from 20 communities including elders, recreation leaders, health professionals, and others interested in the physical fitness and well-being of older adults. The gathering provided a time to share information about community elder and falls prevention programs, programming tips, participate in training and celebrate elders and their caregivers.

Highlights:

Elders in Motion Awards were presented at the awards dinner (February 11, 2014).
The Active Elder Award honors an inspirational Elder who continue to be active, do traditional activities and are role models in their community. The 2014 Active Elder Award was awarded to Wilfred Jackson of Fort Good Hope. Wilfred was nominated by more than one community member. His is a cancer survivor and a strong advocate and role model of teaching traditional Dene skills to youth. He also provides for the people of Fort Good Hope by fishing and hunting.

Three other awards were presented by the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging:
• Active Living Community Service Award to Crystal Navratil of Inuvik.
• Elders in Motion Community Leadership Award to Sheena Tremblay.
• Elders in Motion Community Capacity Award to the NWTRPA.

Pictured below are the award winners: L-R Sheena Tremblay, Crystal Navratil, Wilfred Jackson, Tony Devlin (NWTRPA)