Yukon Weekly

Commissioner announces award winners

Key Takeaway:

  • Commissioner Angélique Bernard declared the 2021 participants of the Commissioner’s Award for Public Volunteer Service and the Commissioner’s Award for Bravery.
  • The award recognizes someone who has performed a great act of courage.

On Wednesday, Commissioner Angélique Bernard declared the 2021 participants of the Commissioner’s Award for Public Volunteer Service and the Commissioner’s Award for Bravery.

The award recognizes someone who has performed a great act of courage and has responded with great effort and at considerable personal risk in hazardous circumstances to save or safeguard or attempts to save or protect the life of one or more people.

Scott McDougall will receive an award for his successful river rescue of a canoeist in distress in the Yukon River this past summer.

The Commissioner’s Award for Public Volunteer Service recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields. It pays tribute to their dedication and commitment.

It has gone to four people. Dieter Gade for his work with the Junction Arts and Music Society over the last 14 years. He has done in Haines Junction in the previous 25 years.

Terence Grabowski is honoured for his excellent work with the Whitehorse Legion Branch 254 and his work with veterans in the Yukon and across Canada.

Grabowski has also presented many quilts to serve citizens, including instrumental in three U.S. veterans receiving quilts through Quilts of Valour.

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Bev Regier will be awarded for all her work over the last 18 years with the Yukon Quest.
Regier has done everything from working the trails for the annual sledge dog race to being president of the board of directors to fundraising.

The late Bill Thomas is being recognized for his work over the last 14 years advancing the issues of poverty, homelessness, care for and rights of people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and seniors’ rights.
Ellen Thomas will accept the award on behalf of her father, who died Oct. 26.

The award recipients were chosen from nominations submitted to the Commissioner’s Award Advisory Committee. They receive a pin and a certificate.

They will be presented with their awards in the coming weeks, as the Commissioner’s New Year’s Levee set for Jan. 1, 2022, has been cancelled due to the escalating cases of COVID-19.

“I am honored and thrilled to announce this year’s recipients,” Bernard said.

“They demonstrate the wide variety of dedicated volunteers in the Yukon, all of whom are invaluable to so many events and programs.

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