“Mr. Saturday Night,” honoured with Order of the NWT

Image of Les Carpenter, the former CEO for the Native Communications Society of the NWT. Image courtesy CKLB website.

The former chief executive officer and president of the Native Communications Society and CKLB radio will be awarded the Order of the Northwest Territories next week.

 Les Carpenter will receive the award posthumously.

Carpenter passed away this summer from cancer at the young age of 61.

 In a written statement, Tim Mercer, clerk of the legislative assembly said that Les is being recognized for his role as a northern leader in communications adding that his family will receive his Order.

Also being honoured with the Order is Lillian Elias of Inuvik for her work with the Inuvialuit language and for being a strong advocate for the revitalization of the Indigenous Languages

Olympic cross country skier Sharon Firth of Yellowknife will also receive the order for her outstanding athletic achievements, her advocacy work in sports and recreation and for her years of volunteering for a number of northern sports organizations.

The induction ceremony will take place in the Chamber of the Legislative Assembly building in Yellowknife on Tuesday, October 30th at 11:30 am.

The Commissioner of the Northwest Territories Margaret Thom will lead the ceremony in her role as Chancellor of the Order.

The Order of the Northwest Territories was established in 2013.

It recognizes individuals who have served with the greatest distinction and excelled in any field of endeavour benefiting the people of the NWT or elsewhere.

It is the highest honour awarded to NWT residents.

A member of the Order can wear the insignia of the Order as a decoration and use the initials “O.N.W.T.” after his or her name.



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