Delivered in the House of Commons on September 19, 2017
Mr. Speaker, yesterday in Yellowknife I had the honour of attending the swearing in ceremony for Margaret Thom, the new Commissioner of the Northwest Territories.
Ms. Thom, a proud northerner, has been a counsellor at the Deh Gah School in Fort Providence, for the past 20 years. I know this small community well, because I also call Fort Providence my home.
She has worked in counselling and education for most of her career, and has volunteered her time to far too many events to mention. Ms. Thom has demonstrated leadership with many organizations, including serving as governor of the Aurora College Board, a member of the Territorial Board of Secondary Education/Akaitcho Hall Advisory Board, and as vice-chair of the Nats’ejee Keh Treatment Centre.
She is the recipient of the Queen’s diamond jubilee medal, a member of the NWT Education Hall of Fame, and has been awarded the NWT Territorial Wise Woman Award.
I send her my most heartfelt congratulations. I know she will do a wonderful job in her new role as Commissioner. Mahsi cho, Mr. Speaker.