Government of Yukon

December 27, 2012

Commissioner’s New Year’s Levee celebrates Yukoners

WHITEHORSE—The public are invited to join Commissioner Doug Phillips to celebrate exceptional Yukoners at the Commissioner’s New Year’s Levee January 1, 2013. This year, the levee will be held in a new location, the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre.

“I am pleased to be presenting awards to so many deserving Yukoners, and to feature Youth Showcase artists Shawn Kitchen and Infinite Movement,” Phillips said. “We are lucky to have so many talented and committed individuals in the territory.”

Renee Charlie of Old Crow and Patty Cross of Beaver Creek are receiving a Commissioner’s Award for Public Volunteer Service. Charlie is being recognized for more than 40 years as a community leader as well as her extensive volunteer efforts in the community of Old Crow, organizing and directing cultural events and serving on a wide range of boards and committees.

Cross is receiving the award for her tireless efforts to save the Beaver Creek community centre. Her outstanding determination and commitment have turned the centre into a dynamic and positive force within the community.
Raphaël Roy-Jauvin will receive the Commissioner’s Award for Bravery in recognition of his selflessness and courage under extreme duress, enabling the quick rescue of his fellow passenger in a helicopter crash.

Eleven students are receiving the Governor General’s Academic Award, the most prestigious student award in Canada. It is presented annually to secondary students who graduate with the highest grade point average in their school.

In addition, the commissioner will present 35 Diamond Jubilee medals. The levee will mark the conclusion of Diamond Jubilee celebrations in the territory.

“The Diamond Jubilee celebrations have been very successful and well received,” Phillips added. “I am happy to announce that over 150 medals have been awarded to deserving Yukoners over the course of the year.”

The levee will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Long House at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre on First Avenue in Whitehorse.


See backgrounder below.


Lyndsey Hamilton
Commissioner’s Office


2013 Commissioner’s New Year’s Levee Award recipients

Commissioner’s Award

Renee Charlie – Public Volunteer Service
Patricia Cross – Public Volunteer Service
Raphaël Roy-Jauvin – Bravery

2011/12 Governor General’s Academic Awards

Presented at levee
Nina Gage, Tantalus School, Carmacks
Morgan Gilmar, St. Elias Community School, Haines Junction
Kendra Hotson, Watson Lake Secondary School, Watson Lake
Caitlin Irvine, Del Van Gorder School, Faro
Molly O’Donoghue, J.V. Clark School, Mayo
Caleb Steele Lane, Porter Creek Secondary School, Whitehorse

Unable to attend levee in person
Valerie Herdes, Ecole Emilie-Tremblay, Whitehorse
Joshua Johnson, Robert Service School, Dawson City
Eleanor Parker, F.H. Collins Secondary School, Whitehorse
Kathryn Peters, Vanier Catholic Secondary School, Whitehorse
Robyn Smarch, Individual Learning Centre, Whitehorse

Diamond Jubilee Medals

Wayne Balcaen
Doug Bell
Phil Borgel
Jon Breen
Archbishop Terrence Buckle
Ida Calmegane
Bob Cameron
Glenda Dale Cooper
Frank Curlew
Ramesh Ferris
Mary E. Fitton
Torie Gerard
Corporal Darcy Grossinger
Bert Hadvick
Pam Hine
Hank Karr
James Kathrein
Jeane Lassen 
Mal Malloch
Allen Murray
Alvin Pederson
Janine Peters
Gerald A. Piper
Brian Pope
Nancy Pope
Jim Smith
Sergeant Douglas Spencer
David Stockdale
Natalie Taylor
Gerry Thick
Marion Thomsen
Clarence Timmons
Richard Trimble
Lawrence Vano
Captain Carol Winter 

News Release #12-253