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Annual LGANT Professional Development Conference and AGM a Huge Success

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Two outstanding local government employees have been recognized by their peers at the LGANT Professional Development Conference, held from October 1-4 in Yellowknife.

Keith Morrison, Senior Administrative Officer from Fort Smith, was awarded Outstanding SAO of the Year. This annual award recognizes outstanding commitment, dedication and public service to community. LGANT received multiple nominations for Keith, who lauded his collaboration, innovation, management skills and extensive knowledge of capital and economic planning.

Michael Cheeks, formerly of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, was awarded the Band Manager’s Working Group Mentor Award. This inaugural award is given to recognize a band manager who has provided wisdom, guidance and support to their peers in the performance of their role as band manager. Michael was the visionary who began the Band Managers Working Group and he has always been very supportive of Band Managers working collaboratively and a big proponent of professional development.

At the AGM, members voted to revise the bylaws to expand the definition of Membership and now Band Managers are eligible to become full voting members of LGANT. The bylaw revision also added one Band Manager representative to the LGANT Board of Directors, to be voted in at the 2019 AGM

“Expanding our membership is directly in support of LGANT’s strategic plan to make the Association more inclusive with regard to the participation of other community government staff. We’re looking forward to the different perspectives this change in Membership will bring and know it will ultimately strengthen LGANT as an organization,” said Grant Hood, LGANT president.

“The Band Managers Working Group has been pleased to facilitate the conversation with LGANT on its inclusion of Band Managers in its membership. We see this as a very positive move towards stronger relationships between community administrators and increased professional development opportunities for First Nation Administrators in the Northwest Territories,” said Liza McPherson, Chair of the Band Managers Working Group.