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GNWT honours public servants with annual Premier’s Awards

Press Release

June 27, 2022

The 2021-2022 Premier’s Awards for Excellence were presented in the Great Hall of the Legislative Assembly on June 24, 2022.

The Government of the Northwest Territories’ annual Premier’s Award for Excellence program recognizes the outstanding achievement of individual employees who continue to strive for excellence and improvements in the workplace.

This year honours were presented in three separate categories.

  • Individual: which recognizes the outstanding achievements of GNWT employees who continue to strive for workplace excellence and innovation.
  • Team: which recognizes the outstanding achievements of teams of GNWT employees who continue to strive for workplace excellence and innovation and
  • Collaboration: which recognizes the outstanding achievement of GNWT employees who work in partnership with other government and non-government employees to improve services to Northwest Territories’ residents.

Also presented at the Ceremony were the Dave Ramsden Career Excellence Award and the Kristine McLeod Emerging Indigenous Leader Award.

The Dave Ramsden Career Excellence Award recognizes the outstanding achievements and commitment of an individual who has served 20 years or more in the Government of the Northwest Territories public service.

The Kristine McLeod Emerging Indigenous Leader Award is a new award created with the support of the Gwich’in Tribal Council to honour the late Kristine McLeod. It recognizes a young Indigenous NWT resident that has demonstrated exceptional initiative and commitment to the principles of public service.

The GNWT remains committed to providing excellent public service to the residents of the Northwest Territories and is proud of the contributions of all the NWT public servants.

Quote(s)

“The winners of this year’s Premier’s Awards exemplify strength, determination and dedication to the work they do that has a lasting impact on the people they serve. Whether it was navigating a public health crisis, supporting residents during unprecedented flooding, or helping to make the health care system better for all, they have enriched the lives of residents and helped guide them through some difficult and challenging moments in their lives. Congratulations to everyone for all they do for the Northwest Territories. Your dedication is truly inspiring.”

– Caroline Cochrane, Premier of the Northwest Territories

Quick facts

  • The winners of the Premier’s Awards for Excellence (Individual Category) were Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Kami Kandola and Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Andy Delli Pizzi.
    • These two individuals were recognized for their roles in guiding the Northwest Territories through the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The winner of the Premier’s Awards for Excellence (Team) is the GNWT Flood Recovery Team.
    • This group of GNWT employees were recognized for their efforts and going above and beyond in support of the flood impacted individuals.
  • The winner of the Premier’s Awards for Excellence (Collaboration) is the NWT Family Medicine Residency Program.
    • This team helped address the physician recruitment and retention challenge that the NWT has faced for many years by working to establish a residency training site based out of Yellowknife in partnership with the NTHSSA and the University of Alberta Department of Family
  • The winner of the 2022 Dave Ramsden Career Excellence Award was Dr. Brett Elkin.
  • The winner of the 2022 Kristine McLeod Emerging Indigenous Leader Award was Nina Larsson.

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For media requests, please contact:

Matthew Mallon

Senior Communications Officer

Department of Finance

Government of the Northwest Territories

[email protected]

(867) 767-9168 ext. 15017

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