23 Northerners were awarded with medals from the Governor General of Canada.

The Corrections Exemplary Service Medal is viewed as the highest honour for corrections services in Canada.

The corrections services professionals are from Yellowknife, Hay River and Fort Smith. They were presented the medals by The Honourable Margaret Thom, Commissioner of the Northwest Territories.

In a statement, Premier Bob McLeod extended his congratulations:

Our government is proud of our corrections service professionals who are providing high quality programming and services to northerners. On behalf of the Government of the Northwest Territories, I offer our congratulations to each recipient of the Exemplary Service Medal.

The 23 professionals had to have worked in the field for a minimum of 20 years and have shown outstanding professionalism and dedication in the Northwest Territories Corrections Service.