Kugluktuk residents honoured for their contributions
Five receive Diamond Jubilee medals, two receive Nunavut Commissioner's awards
Edna Elias, the Commissioner of Nunavut, visited Kugluktuk earlier this month to present the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Commissioner’s awards with Kugluktuk MLA and Nunavut government minister Peter Taptuna.
On Aug. 11 Colin Adjun, Simon and Millie Kuliktana, Barbara Elaine Harvey and Sgt. Thomas Mark Harvey received Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee medals, which commemorate the Queen’s 60 year-reign.
• Since Adjun was a young man, he has played music for community celebrations, anniversaries, weddings and charities.
“His fiddle music has inspired many children and youth to learn dances,” Elias said.
• Simon and Millie Kuliktana, as a couple, have opened their home to youth for evening activities.
“Simon has been mentoring, coaching and playing music with youth. During winter, their home is known for hosting spontaneous ‘jam sessions’ with live music,” Elias said. “Millie volunteers for community events, putting family and personal needs aside. She is involved in recreation, social events, and activities that improve the health of the community. She has opened her home to youth as a drop-in centre to provide a safe environment for fun.”
• Barbara Elaine Harvey has held several positions within the areas of health care, including nurse-in-charge at Kugluktuk’s clinic.
“She has been dedicated to the health and welfare of Kugluktuk, which makes her a worthy recipient,” Elias said.
• Sgt. Thomas Mark Harvey is a positive role model for young Inuit, Elias said.
“He has the Southwestern Asia Service Medal, the ISAF General Campaign Star, the NATO Former Yugoslavia Service Medal, and the Canadian Peacekeeper Medal. He sets an example that young people can strive to follow in their lives,” Elias said.
Two community members also received Commissioner’s awards: Donald Havioyak and June Okalik Klengenberg.
• In January 2007, Havioyak noticed a house fire with someone inside. He tried to enter, but found it too hot and full of smoke. He quickly went through the other entrance. Once inside, he noticed Bessie Kuneluk sitting immobile on the kitchen floor.
Havioyak dragged her from the burning house, saving her life.
• Klengenberg, who received an award for special skills, was recognized for a lifetime of passing on skills in sewing, drum dancing, and child-rearing. “As the eldest person in Kugluktuk, she demonstrates a healthy lifestyle and inspires others,” Elias said.
Elias also recognized Joe and Ada Ogina’s 50th wedding anniversary — the pair have been married since April 23, 1962.