Award Recipients

Honourary Life Member Award Recipients

Charlie Scarborough (2000)

Debbie Delancy (2009)

John McKee (2012)


2017 LGANT SAO of the Year

LGANT President Grant Hood presents Ruby Jumbo with the 2017 Award of Excellence.

Ruby Jumbo, Senior Administrative Officer for the Sambaa K'e First Nation, is LGANT's Senior Administrative Officer of the Year for 2017.

Ruby’s selection as Outstanding SAO of the Year was announced during by Association’s 2017 annual general meeting by Grant Hood, Senior Administrative Officer of the Town of Inuvik and LGANT President. 

Ruby is a life-long resident of Sambaa K’e and has worked for the Sambaa K’e First Nation for a total of 23 years in different capacities.  Grant Hood noted she was always motivated to support her community and its members in improving the community as a whole and in advancing themselves through education and employment. 

Ruby is an advocate for incorporating traditional ways into the work place.  One of her priority issues has been community wellness and she has helped implement a job-sharing Program in the Sambaa K’e First Nation.  Ruby is a past member of LGANT’s Board of Directors.

2016 LGANT SAO of the Year

The  SAO of the Year award not presented in 2016 due to a lack of nominations meeting the award criteria.

2015 LGANT SAO of the Year

Larry Baran, SAO, Community Government of Whatì

Larry Baran, second from left, is congratulated on his award by, from left, MACA North Slave Regional Superintendent Yvonne Doolittle, Whati SAO Lisa Nitsiza and LGANT President Grant Hood.

Larry Baran is an experienced and respected municipal administrator, with a great deal of municipal and northern experience.  From 1996 to the present, Larry has served as senior administrative officer, or equivalent, in the communities of Faro, Yukon; Fox Creek, Alberta; and the Village of Delburne, Alberta.  Prior to these senior municipal administrator positions, Larry was the Manager of Information Systems for the City of Whitehorse for 12 years. 

Larry has lived in Whati for four years and during that time he has served as the Senior Administrative Officer and has been very active on behalf of the Community Government and its Chief & Council, but also as a mentor and positive contributor to other SAOs and partner organizations such as LGANT, NWTAC, MACA and the Tlicho Regional Government.   Larry has successfully met a series of base-line performance objectives, including mentoring a successor administrator.  Larry stepped down as Whati SAO as of October 1, 2015 and turned the reighsn over to Lisa Nitsiza. Success in achieving this specific performance objective has been the highlight of MACA’s flagship program; Advancing Local Government Administrators Program (ALGAP).

Larry also completed airport management training to properly assume that function, because Whati had the service agreement with Department of Transportation but no one was trained in the community for those duties.  In addition, he worked with the GNWT to review and update the SAO Certification Program and curriculum, and has completed appropriate training to take over the land administration functions (unique for Whati).

Larry also facilitated Whati being a central part of other initiatives considered a Best Practice for small, remote northern communities.  Whati was selected by the Conference Board of Canada as a test site for a Community Resilience Assessment Pilot Project.  As a result, Chief & Council were able to determine additional actions that they should take to prepare for emergencies or other significant events such as a major mining development which could impact the community and residents in either a positive or negative way, or both.  Whati’s Community Resilience Plan is the first of its kind for the North.

Over the past few years, Larry has led community government staff in reviewing and updating the Community Municipal Emergency Plan and Bylaw, the Fire Protection Bylaw; development of a 5 Year Strategic Plan; and development of the community’s first Land Use Plan.  In 2013/2014, Whatì began a $6.2M series of capital projects, including an expansion to the Administration Bldg, road reconstruction, and water treatment plant upgrades.

In 2013, Larry was elected Vice President of the Local Government Administrators Association of the NWT (LGANT).  In 2014, MACA asked that he conduct Local Government Administrators Essentials’ courses on the "Duties of the SAO".  In 2015, he was asked to represent small Northern communities at a national symposium on Asset Management.

2014 LGANT SAO of the Year

Scotty Edgerton, CEO of the K'atl'odeeche First Nation

Scotty Edgerton has long had a presence in the North, and his talents and skills are well respected.

For example, just recently:
• When Municipal & Community Affairs and the NWT Association of Communities were preparing for the review of the funding formulas for NWT communities, Scotty was their choice to represent the best interests of the bands in the Territory; and
• When the School of Community Government wanted to review the qualification and testing of the Senior Administrative Officer’s certification program in the Territory, Scotty was asked to sit on that working committee.

Indeed, Scotty’s skills and knowledge are recognized and respected across the Northwest Territories. Along with the practical experience that befits a seasoned Administrator, Scotty also has the self-confidence and professionalism to express his concerns in such a way that he can present an argument (entirely opposite to the topic perspective being discussed) yet always demonstrating respect and without creating offense. His pleasant amiable nature only serves to reinforce his skilled mastery of both his tact and discretion.

2013 LGANT SAO of the Year

Greg Morash, Municipal Supervisor, Hamlet of Paulatuk

Greg has a great reputation as a hard working individual with a wealth of knowledge that he is always willing to share. He has mentored many colleagues and supported the SAO Trainee program (ALGAP). He knows about capacity building and understands the importance of staff training. His contributions to community governments in the NWT are highlighted by his ability to administer a community out of deficit and provide solid administration and leadership during a community emergency. He most recently administered a successful recovery plan in the Community Government of Gametì.

Born and raised in the Maritimes, Greg first came to the North to Rankin Inlet in 1979 with the Hudson Bay Company, and he has stayed since holding many senior administrative positions in several northern communities where he discovered his passion for dogs. Above all, Greg is a community oriented individual, known for his work with youth, as a broker of partnerships.  His commitment to capacity building paid off for the residents of the communities he spent time in through his encouragement of work placements and training for community residents. 

Past Recipients

2011: Christina Gaudet, SAO, Charter Community of Délįnę 

2010: Susan Christie, SAO, Hamlet of Fort Providence