Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, presented honours to Canadians in celebration of their incredible achievements and contributions, in ceremonies this past fall.
Those receiving awards from Canada’s Arctic or for work performed in the Arctic regions include:
POLAR MEDALS to Christopher Robert Burn from Ottawa, Ontario; Norman E. Hallendy from Carp, Ontario; and Jerry Kobalenko from Canmore, Alberta.
Chris Burn is an internationally recognized expert in the domain of permafrost and ground ice in the Yukon and the western Arctic.
Norman Hallendy is an Arctic ethnographic expert and the foremost non-Inuk authority on Inuksuit and Inuit sacred sites.
Jerry Kobalenko, a professional writer and photographer, has skied, hiked, sledded and kayaked more than 16,000 kilometres through the High Arctic over the course of 30 expeditions, sharing his adventures with national and international audiences through publications and lectures.
MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDALS (CIVIL DIVISION) were awarded to: Daniel Gaudet from Déline, NWT, and Derek Crowe, Justin A. J. Ferbey, and Jane Koepke from Whitehorse, Yukon.
Danny Gaudet negotiated the Déline Final Self-Government Agreement, the first of its kind in Canada, providing a model for other communities to follow on their path towards greater self-determination.
Derek Crowe, Justin Ferbey and Jane Koepke started Singletrack to Success, a 65-kilometre network of mountain biking trails on Montana Mountain near Carcross, Yukon, attracting thousands of tourists to the area and helping Carcross/Tagish First Nation youth gain valuable life skills and a sense of pride while building and maintaining the trail system.