Kugluktuk is showing its appreciation to essential frontline workers who without hesitation continue to provide necessary services to the people of their community. Three signs were placed up in the community, one at the Hamlet office, one at the sewer/water garage and one at the Health Centre.

“Essential services like health centre staff, Co-op, Northern Store, RCMP, Fire Department, bylaw officers, social services along with (Government of Nunavut) counterparts and private sector are very much appreciated during this time. We, as a thank you to our staff, provided a light bagged lunch to be taken home as appreciation for their work,” said senior administrative officer Ronald Ladd.

photos courtesy of Ronald Ladd
Hamlet of Kugluktuk staff gather around a sign which thanks essential workers.
From the left are Caldeen Keadjuk, Verna Aleekuk, Betty Elgok, Marissa Mercurino, Shannon Case, Chris Saleem, Gordon Kokak, Mark Franche and Tristen Leyte.

The recreation department have continued to expand their weekly physical activity initiative called Get Active Kugluktuk program.

This initiative helps promote healthy lifestyle practices through participation in walking, stretching, house chores and more. Sunday at midnight, the recreation department receives all the names of the participants, with a chance to win prizes.

“We have completed our first fun trivia night for youth last month, we have another coming up towards the end of the month,” said recreation co-ordinator Naz Ugoala.

“Our drawing contest was also completed this month, we had a lot of great contestants. Winner is yet to be determined. We are also hoping to do a scavenger hunt with prizes to be won.

“Hopefully we can get more funds to support this in the future. Bingo still continues with cards being delivered to every household. We continue to use social media and radio station to create awareness for positive energy and provide support. We have a program called, #Rising Youth Awareness coming soon to give the youth the opportunity to be creative with their ideas,” she said.

We want to take a moment to thank our volunteers and staff Ethan Kadlun, Loris Rudyk, Hikok Ivarluk, Dale Klengenberg, Nadine McMenemy, Aloyak Elatiak, Lashawna Taipana, Nancy Kadlun and Clayton Niptanatiak for their non-stop efforts in making the community radio bingo a success. Also a thank you to our sponsors, the Hamlet, RCMP, CFCC, CRE, IBA, JHI, Northern and the Co-op for their outstanding support, we couldn’t have done it without you,” said Ugoala.

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Rita Pigalak - Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Rita Pigalak grew up in Kugluktuk and spent most of her adult life there. Inuinnaqtun is her mother tongue. She now lives in Yellowknife but remains intimately connected with her home community and the...