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NorthernersVolunteers13TuesdayMay212013ByRENEFRANCOEURAselecthandfulofNorth-erndo-gooderswashonouredlastweekwiththe2013Out-standingVolunteerAwardspresentedannuallybythedepartmentofMunicipalandCommunityAffairsMACA.RecipientsinfourcategoriesreceivedtheawardsduringaceremonyinHayRiveronMay10aspartoftheNorth-westTerritoriesAssociationofCommunitiesNWTACannualgeneralmeetingMay9-12.TheOutstandingElderAwardwenttoRonOgilvieofYellowknife.OgilviehasbeenanactivevolunteerwiththeYellowknifeSeniorsSo-cietyfornumerousyearsandtheYK2HRtheannualbikeridefromYellowknifetoHayRiver.ForthelasttwoyearsRonhasalsovolunteeredwiththeStantonTerritorialHospi-talFoundation.Ogilviedoesthebulkofhisvolunteeringthroughdrivingofferingridestoseniorswhenevertheyneedthemandpickingupeventsuppliesanddroppingthemoffforthehospital.AlannisMcKee16ofYel-lowknifetookhometheOut-standingYouthaward.McKeehasworkedextensivelyasayouthvolunteerwiththeNWTDisabilitiesCouncilandavolunteercoachwithSpecialOlympicsNWTamongothervolunteercommitmentswithSt.Patrickhighschool.SheisalsothefounderandpresidentoftheBestBud-diesChapterintheNorthafriendshipprogramforyouthwithintellectualdisabilitiesintheNWT.TheOutstandingIndivid-ualAwardwenttoGeorgeKoeJr.fromAklavik.AccordingtothenominationnotesMACAreceivedKoecanbefoundonmostdaysshovellingsnowfromthestepsofhousesandboardwalksaroundAklavik.Hisworkshovellingsnowhasbeenrec-ognizedbycommunitymem-bersformakingAklaviksaferduringthewintermonths.Heisalsoactivewithinthechurchcommunitywhereheplaysmusicalinstrumentsandhelpsoutduringevents.KoeisalsoafrequentHealthCentrevol-unteerassistingstaffinmul-tipletasks.Thevolunteer-runChildrensFirstSocietywhichhasworkedforoveradecadetoestablishapermanentchildcareandchild-hooddevelopmentcentreinInuvikwasrecognizedwiththeOutstandingGroupAward.Thefruitofthesocietysef-fortstheChildrensFirstCen-treisslatedtoopennextmonthcombiningfourofInuviksearlychildhoodcentresandprovid-ing120childcarespaces.Accordingtotheorganiza-tionvolunteershaveputincountlesshourstoreachagree-mentsbetweenservicepro-vidersdesignabuildingandfundraiseforthenewcentreraising5.8millionthroughvariouseventsfundingpro-posalsanddinners.Wewerejustooredbythisitissuchanhonourandgreattiming.RightnowwerehopingtoopenourdoorsonAug.12andagrandopeningisbeingplannedforSeptem-berMelindaGillischairoftheChildrensFirstSocietytoldTheJournal.Hundredsofvolunteershelpedmaketheideaofonestate-of-theartcentreintoarealityshesaid.GillisandPaulaGuyvicechairofthesocietywereinHayRivertoaccepttheawardonbehalfofalltheorganiza-tionsvolunteers.ThepeoplewerecognizewiththeOutstandingVolunteerAwardsselesslydevotetheirtimetomakingourcommu-nitiesabetterplaceMACAMinisterRobertC.McLeodsaidinapressrelease.MACAandourpartnertheNorth-westTerritoriesAssociationofCommunitiesaregrate-fultotheseoutstandingvol-unteerswhoaddsomuchtoourcommunities.Thepeoplenominatedfortheseawardsalwaysleadbyexampleandinspireotherstotakeactionandmakeourterritoryabet-terplaceforeverybody.MACApresentstheawardsannuallytoindi-vidualsandgroupswhohavehelpedimprovethequalityoflifeintheNWTthroughvolunteerism.NWTACshinesspotlightonNorthernvolunteersatAGMPhotocourtesyofMACAMunicipalandCommunityAffairsMinisterRobertMcLeodpresentsthewinnerswithOutstandingVolunteerAwardcerticates.LefttorightMcLeodPaulaGuyMelindaGillisAlannisMcKeeandGeorgeKoeJr.PWKGraduation2013TheJune4issueoftheNorthernJournalThebachaBusinessDevelopmentServicesBusinessLearningSessionsRegisterforFREEat872-279524hourspriortoyourselectedsessionMay1930am1100amMay1100pm400pmMay2100pm200pmMay8930am1130amMay8100pm300pmMay9100pm300pmMay14930am1130amMay15930am1130amMay16130pm330pmMay22930am1200pmMay23630pm800pmMay28930am1130amMay29130pm400pmMay30130pm300pmThePowerofEmailSocialMediaMarketingMarketing101BankingBasicsfortheNewBusinessCommunicateforSuccessHowDoYouKnowYoureMakingAnyMoneyHowtoIncreaseClientReferralsandSalesAccountingandTaxforSmallBusinessCreatingandSustainingMoreRavingFansPromotionsCreatingBuzzforYourBizSmallBusinessBookkeepingandPayrollAdvertisingDosandDontsCreatingEngagingOnlineContentLow-CostStrategiesforPowerhouseProfitsBuildingYourBusinessonCustomerReferrals