Six northern professionals have been awarded the Governor General of Canada’s Corrections Exemplary Service Medal, Canada’s highest honour for the Corrections Services.

The six award recipients were Blair VanMetre, Darrel James Ouellette and Greg Paul who are based in Yellowknife as well as Kenneth Bradley Boyer, Robert W. Haley and David Sanguez who reside in Hay River.

In order to be considered for this honour, recipients must be nominated and have served a minimum of 20 years in the corrections field including a minimum of 10 years of service dealing directly with inmates while also “demonstrating good conduct and having served in an exemplary manner.”

Louis Sebert, Minister of Justice stated that today’s Corrections professionals are in the optimal position to directly influence and positively support offenders as they prepare to rejoin our communities.

“They are involved with inmates from the moment they enter a Corrections facility or receive their probation orders.”

The Corrections Exemplary Service Medals recognize distinguished service and are intended as a tangible expression of national gratitude.

“Each of these medal winners has demonstrated leadership, dedication. We have good reason to be proud of the professional staff in our Corrections Service,” added Serbert.

The medals were presented by Margaret Thom, Commissioner of the NWT, during an evening reception on May 7th.