2018 Sport Award Winner - Greg Villeneuve Jr
Greg Villeneuve Jr, currently in Grade 11, is a soccer player from Fort Resolution who has been representing his community and Team NT for years. Most recently, Greg has gone to the 2018 Arctic Winter Games and 2017 North American Indigenous Games, and hopes to play professionally one day. Greg is also an exceptional role model in his community, wanting to help run after school activities for the community and helping other youth learn to love the game of soccer. The younger youth look up to Greg and the strong ethics that he demonstrates on the pitch.
Greg is also a Junior Ranger and represented 1CRPG Junior Canadian Rangers at a National Shoot in Goose Bay, Labrador and placed second in the National Air rifle shooting competition. He has demonstrated a remarkable ability to succeed in everything he puts his mind to. Greg is a hard worker, active in his community, and extremely reliable. He lives a healthy lifestyle and encourages his friends and peers to do the same. Greg’s coaches and nominators commend him for his ongoing support of other youth and his quiet leadership style that has helped others feel comfortable and confident in participating in different activities within the community.
2018 Coach Award Winner - Jonathan Tsetso
Jonathan Tsetso is a coach from Fort Simpson who is heavily involved in the Fort Simpson Minor Hockey program as well as is involved with the recreational hockey programming in his community. Jonathan is the winner of the Coach Award because of his commitment to the youth of the community and encouraging them to participate and practice on a regular basis, and his commitment to running quality youth hockey programming.
Jonathan is always looking to improve his coaching skills so that he can provide his community with the best programs that he can. He is reliable, hard working, and always happy to be there. Along with the skills of the game, Jonathan also promotes fair play and sportsmanship into his coaching style and wants to create a fun and safe environment for everyone. Jonathan has played a major role in revitalizing the Fort Simpson Minor Hockey program. With his assistance, Fort Simpson has been able to send teams to the Fort Smith Hockey Tournament for 2 years in a row for the first time in over a decade. The community has recognized the impact that Jonathan has left as a coach and we are excited to be able to recognize him as the 2018 Coach Award Winner.
2018 RCMP Award Winner - Constable Christopher Whynot
Cst. Whynot has been working as a member of the RCMP in the Northwest Territories for 10 years, spending time in Fort McPherson, Tuktoyaktuk, Aklavik, Fort Good Hope, and is currently stationed in Ulukhaktok. Cst. Whynot and his wife, Amy, have three children, Owen, Eden, and Ira, all of whom are currently attending school in Ulukhaktok. Amy, an exceptional baker, has helped make a name for the family across the Northern NWT beyond her husband’s extensive involvement in the communities that he has served. Cst. Whynot has coached a variety of sports in the NWT, including biathlon, jiu-jitsu, soccer, hockey, baseball, and canoeing, as well as helped with bicycle rodeos and fitness training. He has dedicated an endless amount of hours towards volunteering within every community that he has served and been an advocate for youth sport. He has brought many teams to tournaments both within the NWT and beyond, and continues to contribute a large amount of his time to coaching, mentorship, and introducing youth to the benefits of fitness and healthy lifestyles.
Recently, Cst. Whynot has been coaching biathlon in Uluhaktok, where he focused on fitness and shooting with the team, and two of his students placed on the podium at Arctic Winter Games. Both have acknowledged the incredible support that Cst. Whynot had given them as a key factor in their success. He is also currently involved in the Minor Hockey program in the community and is devoting another 2 nights a week towards helping the athletes, youth, and community improve their skills and understanding of the game. His consistency, hard work, and dedication have not gone unnoticed. In addition to his commitment to sport and recreation, he has also run the DARE program in many communities to help educate students on the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol. Cst. Whynot is an amazing example of how one person can make an incredible impact on the communities that they serve, and has built strong relationships with every community that he has lived. Cst. Whynot and his family have loved their time in the NWT, and we are honoured to be able to present him with the 2018 ASCNWT RCMP Award.
2018 Community Builder Award Winner - Jackie Whelly
Jackie Whelly is well known across the NWT for her hard work and dedication as both a teacher and community champion. A winner of the Scott McAdam Youth award from the NWTRPA in 2013, Jackie has continued to be a major presence in her community of Fort Simpson as a teacher, coach, and mentor. Over the years Jackie has brought dozens of sports teams across the NWT and beyond to tournaments and training. She frequently volunteers her time to keep the gym open, running training and practices, and is always there for the youth who look up to her as a coach and role model.
Jackie has also been pivotal in the Sober Sally/Sober Steve program in Fort Simpson, which offers youth the chance to participate in positive and fun sober activities on the weekend in a safe space. She also volunteers for the Lights On initiative, which also gives youth a safe space to be in the evenings and weekends. One of Jackie’s greatest strengths is how much she believes in the youth of her community and seeks to empower them to become the next generation of leaders. She is always willing to lend an ear, help get a program started, or be there when you need her. Jackie is not only a super coach, but also a super teacher and a super mom. She continues to be a difference maker and is the 2018 Community Builder Award Winner.
2018 Culture Award Winner - Caroline Bonnetrouge
Mrs. Caroline Bonnetrouge has been an active elder on the Deh Gah Gotie First Nations elders committee and is also an elder that is assisting her youngest daughter in teaching her the Dene Zhati language and part taking in the language revitalization program. She had been a long time user of the land which makes her an avid harvester, and has taught classes of moose hair tufting, moose hide tanning, and to this day still practices and teaches her family the dene culture in the community of Fort Providence. She has made the community a better place just by sharing her culture and traditional knowledge among community members. Caroline Bonnetrouge is a positive role model as she serves the Catholic Church as a lay minister. She helps around the community when she is asked and does it freely without getting paid like assisting with other families in various situations, providing culture advice on how to fix fish. She is a positive role model as she has lives a sober life style.
The impact that Caroline Bonnetrouge will leave behind in our community and region (Dehcho) is that she has played a vital role in the language revitalization program not only once but twice, through teaching her children the language and actively engaging in the culture within the community. She has been out to a lot of camps out on the land and participated in various programs that involved cultural programming. She still practices her cultures on a daily basis and the impact that she will leave behind is that she has always been an avid fluent speaker in the Dene Zhati language and wants other people to learn it and pass it one to future generations.
2018 NWTTA Award Winner - Kelly Webster
Kelly Webster moved with her family to the NWT in 1969 and has been working as a teacher for 35 years. She grew up heavily involved in sport and represented Team NWT in volleyball at the 1979 Canada Games and 1980 Arctic Winter Games. Kelly was the President of the NWT Soccer Association and of the NWT Track and Field Association, and has also served on the SportNorth Board as the Vice Presidents of Programs and the Vice President of Games. Kelly has been involved in many different sports and roles over the years, and played a pivotal role in organizing the outdoor soccer tournament in Hay River (which now has over 46 teams that attend) and what has now become known as the Scott McAdam Badminton Tournament. She has coached many different teams, and has even brought Team NT to the North American Indigenous Games in 2002. At the 1988 Arctic Winter Games in Fairbanks, Alaksa, her junior girls soccer team won the gold medal. She has also spent lots of time fundraising so that teams were able to travel and compete at different tournaments and games.
Kelly taught in Inuvik for 18 years, and based her lessons around what activities the youth were interested in participating. She taught everything from gymnastics to slopitch, and hosted many open gyms for the kids on weekends. She believes that getting out on the land is important and has spent many hours with youth building igloos, on canoe trips, and helping to facilitate opportunities for her students to spend time with Elders while out on the land. Since moving to Hay River in 2002, she has played a major role in coach recruitment and coordinating extracurricular activities, as well as coordinating gym times for community groups. Kelly has played an immense role in the communities that she had taught in and continues to value active participation in sport and recreation. It is our pleasure to present her with the 2018 ASCNWT NWTTA Award for her service.
Congratulations to all of our winners!