September 24, 2015

First Recipients of the Order of the Northwest Territories Announced

(Yellowknife) – Mr. Paul Delorey, Chair of the Northwest Territories Honours Advisory Council, has announced the first recipients of the Order of the Northwest Territories.  They are:

Mr. Bruce Green of Hay River
Ms. Lucy Jackson of Fort Good Hope
Mr. Sonny MacDonald of Fort Smith
Mr. Gino Pin of Yellowknife
Mrs. Ruth Spence of Yellowknife
Mr. John B. Zoe of Behchokǫ̀

The Order of the Northwest Territories was established by the Territorial Emblems and Honours Act in 2013.  The Order recognizes individuals who have served with the greatest distinction and excelled in any field of endeavor benefiting the people of the Northwest Territories or elsewhere.  It is the highest honour of the Northwest Territories and takes precedence over all other orders, decorations and medals conferred by the Government and Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories.   A member of the Order is entitled to wear the insignia of the Order as a decoration and to use the initials “O.N.W.T.” after his or her name.   Membership is for life.

“The first recipients of the Order of the Northwest Territories embody the spirit and intention of the Legislative Assembly when it established the Order,” stated Chairman Delorey.  “They inspire all of us as northerners to be the best we can be and to give back to our communities, regions, territory and country.”

The inaugural investiture ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. on October 7, 2015 in the Great Hall of the Legislative Assembly.  The Commissioner of the Northwest Territories, the Honourable George Tuccaro, O.N.W.T., will preside over the investitures in his capacity as Chancellor of the Order.  The public are invited to attend.   

For further information, please contact:

Tim Mercer Clerk of the Legislative Assembly/
Secretary to the NWT Honours Advisory Council
Legislative Assembly of the NWT
Phone: 867-669-2299