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NEWS: Nunavut April 16, 2014 - 4:38 pm

Photo: Commissioner honours Iqaluit heroes

PETER VARGA
Billy Kownirk, centre, and Pitseolak Alainga were among eight Iqalummiut who received Nunavut Commissioner’s Awards at Iqaluit’s Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum April 17. Deputy commissioner Nellie Kusugak, left, presented awards for acts of bravery and volunteerism on behalf of commissioner Edna Elias. The two men received the honour for saving each others' lives during a boating accident on Frobisher Bay in the fall of 1994, when eight other Iqaluit men perished. The most recent award for bravery went to Mathew Knickelbein for helping fellow Apex residents who went without power during a blizzard this past Jan. 7 and Jan. 8. Awards for volunteerism went to Judy Grace Gabuna for her contribution to the Anglican Church and the community soup kitchen, and to Ed McKenna for his contribution to the work of the soup kitchen. (PHOTO BY PETER VARGA)
Billy Kownirk, centre, and Pitseolak Alainga were among eight Iqalummiut who received Nunavut Commissioner’s Awards at Iqaluit’s Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum April 17. Deputy commissioner Nellie Kusugak, left, presented awards for acts of bravery and volunteerism on behalf of commissioner Edna Elias. The two men received the honour for saving each others' lives during a boating accident on Frobisher Bay in the fall of 1994, when eight other Iqaluit men perished. The most recent award for bravery went to Mathew Knickelbein for helping fellow Apex residents who went without power during a blizzard this past Jan. 7 and Jan. 8. Awards for volunteerism went to Judy Grace Gabuna for her contribution to the Anglican Church and the community soup kitchen, and to Ed McKenna for his contribution to the work of the soup kitchen. (PHOTO BY PETER VARGA)

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