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Four awards, five winners

Paul Bickford
Northern News Services
Published Monday, September 19, 2011

The NWT Recreation and Parks Association has recognized four people and one organization for their efforts to promote active living for Northerners.

Four awards were presented to five winners - there was a tie for one honour - at the association's annual awards banquet on Sept. 15 during its annual conference in Hay River.

The recipients are Julian Tomlinson of Yellowknife who received an honourary life membership, Lois Philipp of Fort Providence who picked up the Award of Excellence, Taylor Phillips of Fort Smith who received the Scott McAdam Youth Leadership Award, and two winners of the Innovation Award - Cynthia Wicks of Inuvik and the Tlicho Government.

Tomlinson, a former instructor at Aurora College, received the honourary life membership for, among other things, his role in creating a recreation centre in Inuvik and getting the Trans-Canada Trail to come North.

"I'm humbled, of course," he said just after accepting the award. "I've spent most of a career working with the folks that were in the room there tonight, and I really appreciate that they've honoured me this way. I'm in a new and different career now, but my heart and soul remains with sport and recreation."

Tomlinson is now working as the health and safety superintendent at Ekati diamond mine.

Philipp, the principal of Deh Gah School, received the Award of Excellence for her many volunteer activities, including at the community's ski club, Habitat for Humanity and Northern Youth Abroad.

She said she was honoured to receive the award.

Fort Smith's Phillips received the youth leadership award commending her contributions to the Fort Smith Animal Shelter, coaching and other volunteer activities.

There was a tie for the Innovation Award.

It recognized the Tlicho Government for a summer employment program which hires youth to work in their own communities with elders, including cultural activities on the land.

The award also went to Wicks for organizing a run club last year just several weeks after arriving in Inuvik.

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