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Canada 150 Medals

Pang man honoured for search and rescue work

Senator Dennis Patterson

published: 2018-03-26

received: 2018-03-25 07:48 (EST)

Nunavut News North

Around Nunavut | A13, Words: 72

by: Michele Letourneau


Poisey Mike received honours from the Canadian Senate in early March.

Senator Dennis Patterson is touring Nunavut communities and honouring 12 Nunavummiut with commemorative bronze medals created by the Senate for Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.

Pangnirtung MLA Margaret Nakashuk spread the news in the legislative assembly.

“Poisey Mike has been working with the local search and rescue group for 18 years,” she said. “I rise to express my pride in him.”

Senator Dennis Patterson

Ann Meekitjuk Hanson and Heather Daley both received specially minted Canada 150 medals from Nunavut Senator Dennis
Patterson Feb. 11.

South Baffin’s unofficial archivist

Senator Dennis Patterson

Jimmy Manning documents surroundings through words and photos

Jimmy Manning is documenting everyday life.

He regularly takes numerous photos, shoots video and jots down daily notes in his journals.

“I just keep shooting, shooting, shooting,” Manning said of his trusty Nikon digital camera. “And I do some kind of a diary that I write every day, what is happening in the North and so on.”

He’s on his 12th volume, and he may leave his journals with the Kenojuak Cultural Centre someday, he said. “I have had people from the south – curators – look at it, and the youth (in Cape Dorset) view scripts,” he said.

A promoter of the arts, Co-op employee for almost 45 years and father of eight, Manning has been recognized as a Canada 150 “Unsung Hero” medal winner by Senator Dennis Patterson.

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Sen. Dennis Patterson selected winners from 72 nominations

A new medal that honours Canadians for their community volunteerism and contributions will go to 12 recipients who represent Nunavut’s three regions, spanning sectors like business, arts, education and politics.

“Over four months, my office received 72 nominations; all of the stories we read were heart-warming and inspiring,” Sen. Denis Patterson, who represents Nunavut, said in a Nov. 6 release about the awards.