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march 2009

Volume 13 • Issue 3

A Newsletter for employees of the GoverNmeNt of the Northwest territories

New Help for Smokers who want to Quit!
Help to stop smoking is now just a telephone call away for NWT smokers. on march 1, the Department of Health and Social Services launched the NWT Quitline. This 24 hour/sevendays-a-week telephone line is a free, confidential service. It provides support and advice from trained cessation counsellors on how to stop smoking. Translation services are offered in all NWT languages. The line is operated by the current providers of the Tele-Care Health Line. This new telephone service helps fulfill the Department’s cessation goals as identified in the Territorial Tobacco Strategy. It is also in line with a major national initiative. In 2010, the federal government, in cooperation with all provinces and territories, plans to print a 1-800 number on all cigarette packages sold in Canada. This will direct the caller to a cessation line in their own territory or province. With the addition of the Nwt Quitline, the Northwest Territories will be ready for this initiative. During the initial call to the Quitline a counsellor will help the caller to determine their readiness to quit, assess their smoking patterns and review their personal supports. During later calls, the counsellor will work with the caller to establish a quit plan, resolve practical problems and prevent relapse, and to give support and reinforcement for the caller’s quitting goals. An important feature of the Nwt Quitline is the personal call-back option that is based on the quitter’s needs. A caller can receive up to five calls from a counsellor to support their own quitting process at times that are convenient for them. Panic calls – when the temptation becomes too great – are also accepted. The telephone line counselling will be supplemented with a mail out of support materials. With their patient’s consent, a health care worker can initiate the referral process to the Quitline. The first call to the smoker will then be initiated by a Quitline counsellor at a time convenient for the smoker. With this line in place, NWT residents will have one more tool to help them quit the habit and take a big step towards a healthier future.

National social work week (NSWW) is celebrated annually across Canada during the month of March. In the NWT, NSWW will be celebrated during the week of March 2 to 6, with this year’s theme being “Making a Difference in the Lives of Older Adults and Their Families”. Aurora College would like to recognize the work of this group of professionals, particularly the faculty teaching in the Social Work Program at the Yellowknife Campus. pictured here are: Sandy Little, Senior Instructor; Instructors Heather Fikowski and Bruce Stewart; and Student Counsellor Joanne Erasmus. The program offers two years of general university studies and professional curriculum leading to a Diploma in Social Work. Graduates may apply to have their two years credited toward the Bachelor of Social Work Degree at the University of Regina or Yukon College. This program is designed to be of particular relevance to the Northwest Territories, and its social issues and cultural groups. Social Work faculty have been instrumental in introducing an Antioppressive Social Work Practice course into the curriculum and participating in local and national research initiatives. Two members of the faculty volunteer as board members with the Association of Social Workers in Northern Canada, linking social workers across the north and advocating for social work issues. During NSWW, the Aurora College Social Work Program will host Yellowknife social workers, linking into a national educational webcast on seniors and mental health. We would also like to draw attention to the contributions of the students in the program. Each

Keeping Tracks Keeping Tracks Keepin
STaNTON welcome to: Andrea Booth, relief Registered Nurse, Medicine; Shawna Tohm, Registered Nurse, Obstetrics; Adriana Ewen, Relief Registered Nurse, Medicine; Lindsay Lawson, Relief Registered Nurse, Surgery; Lisa Anderson, Relief Registered Nurse, Surgery; and Christy Lee Campbell and Kathy Beaupre, both Registration Clerks/Relief Workers. Congratulations to Julia Adam on her promotion to Manager, Clinic Services, and to Betty Dryden on her promotion to Laboratory Technologist II. Bests wishes to Lisa Sanderson, who moves on to the Fort Smith Health Centre as a Patient Care Coordinator. BDHSSa Welcome to: Inuvik’s Ruth Grandon, Child, Youth and Family Counsellor; Gladys Aleekuk, Home Support Worker; Kerry Cheyne, Registered Nurse, Acute Care (Emergency); and Brenda Ward, Medical Social Worker. Welcome to Vikki Gruben, home support worker, and Darlene Gauthier, Community Health Nurse, in Tuktoyaktuk. DHSSa welcome to Rene Lamothe, Traditional Healing Project Coordinator, in Fort Simpson. SHSSa welcome to Suzie Smith, Community Health Nurse, in Deline. YHSSa welcome to: Zulfqar Khan, family and Community Social Worker; Heather Daye, Records and ATIPP Coordinator, Finance and Administration; and Robin Boothe, Home Support Worker. Congratulations to Ruth Robertson on her promotion as the new Chief Executive Officer. Best wishes to Dr. Nancy Fraser as she moves on from Gibson Medical Clinic, and to Lori Oake, who transfers over to HSS as Health Planner, Homecare. TSCa welcome to (Beth) Donna Elizabeth Nuttall, Community Social Service Worker III, in Behchoko.

Making a Difference

year the students and faculty attend a seven-day on-the-land cultural camp, which is certainly one of the highlights of the program. Students in the second year of the program are participating in their final practicum placement and preparing for graduation in May. Some students are taking steps to continue their education outside the NWT to achieve a Bachelor of Social Work Degree. Sandy, Bruce, Heather and Joanne have accumulated over 60 years of social work practice, 40 with the GNwt, and have participated in local and national research initiatives and projects. The Social Work Program is a welcome addition to the Health and Human Services Program area that includes nursing, advanced nursing, personal support workers and community health representative programming. We appreciate their hard work, commitment to their profession and to their students, and of course all the humour and home cooking that has come our way. In light of this year’s theme for NSWW, we would add that these dedicated professionals have made a significant difference in the lives of many students at Aurora College. Submitted by Denise Bowen, Chair, School of Health and Human Services Programs, Aurora College, Yellowknife Campus.

Best wishes to Bob Sanderson, Regional Director in Fort Smith, who retires after 31 years of service. Bob and his wife, Jean, don’t’ have plans to move away just yet, but they hope to take it easy and to travel. Having been born and raised in Fort Smith, Bob is well known and loved by many and will no doubt be missed!

DOT welcome to Jessica Decker, finance and Administration Clerk, and Sam Anderson, Fire Fighter. Best wishes to Peter Buell and Brian Noksana, who leave the GNWT. ENR Good luck and all the best to Donald Helfrick on his retirement. ECE Best wishes to Brenda Dodman, who transfers to ITI/ENR as a Purchasing Officer. HSS welcome to Susan Hunt, Administrative Assistant, and Donna Nash, Children and Youth Disabilities Specialist. Elske Canam moves to YHSSA as the Supervisor, Family and Community Programs. HR Best wishes to Anna Bergen, who moves over to HSS as a Senior Nursing Consultant. ITI Goodbye to Cherie Arrow, who leaves the GNWT to pursue other endeavours. JuSTICE Congratulations to Cory Pond on his promotion to Sheriff’s Officer. Farewell to Ronald Mortin and Dan Milligan, who move on from the GNWT.

Eating Better – Together! March is Nutrition Month
to mark Nutrition month in the Nwt, the Department of health and Social Services, along with their partners, the Northern Nutrition Association and the Regional Health and Social Service Authorities, dietitians and nutritionists, are promoting “Eating Better Together”. Current research suggests that eating as a family has great benefits for your children and teenagers. Did you know that teens who eat with their families smoke less and score higher on achievement tests? Younger children who sit down to dinner with their families eat more fruits and vegetables, drink less pop and consume foods higher in most nutrients and lower in fat. When you cook and serve meals at home, you have more control over the quality and quantity of your family’s food choices. Family meals should be dynamic – an exchange of ideas, conversation and feelings. Turn off the television, the video games and the computer. Meal time is a wonderful opportunity to strengthen family ties and pass on family cultural traditions. The Nutrition Month partners will be promoting healthy eating for the whole family this month. Some of these partners have just worked with 37 schools involved with the February 2009 Drop the Pop campaign (www., which encourages students and their families to make healthier beverage choices as well as recognizes schools that support healthy eating. These partners will also be cooking up activities around the NWT. Some of the activities include, displays at grocery stores with healthy low cost recipes, promotions, taste tests and giveaways. Other events that will be happening include nutrition and health promotion staff from Yellowknife HSSA working with nursing students at Aurora College to help all AC students with food budgeting, shopping, cooking and meal planning. The Yellowknife School Nutrition Coordinator (located at Mildred Hall School) will be involved in local school health fairs. Inuvik will be involved with promotional activities in collaboration with Healthy Foods North (www., and Hay River will be supporting school-based projects. As we know, eating healthy can be expensive, but even on a small budget and with a bit of planning and preparation, you can still eat well. We want to hear from you and ask for your tips and suggestions on how to reduce your grocery bill. Prizes will be awarded for the tips submitted and we will share the best ones with you on the GNWT Messenger Service in March and April, since good nutrition links with Dental Health Month in April. Send your tips to

LEavE ENTRY DEaDLINE! The 2008/2009 fiscal year end for the GNWT is fast approaching – please ensure all of your leave is entered into PeopleSoft by March 27, 2009. As well, if you intend to apply for further leave between now and the end of March, please have it entered and approved as soon as possible to meet the March 27 deadline. Your 2008/2009 Employee Balance of Leave Credits form will be distributed to you in early May. Please review it carefully and note any discrepancies in detail on the form and return it to your supervisor. Watch for upcoming changes that will simplify the administration of leave in 2009. PREmIER’S awaRDS – NOmINaTIONS One of the GNWT’s most popular awards is ready for new nominations! Do you know someone who shows excellence, innovation and dedication in the work they do? If so, nominate that special employee or team for the Premier’s Award for Excellence. Or, for teams which have GNWT and non-GNWT members, there is the Premier’s Collaboration Award. Deadline for nominations is April 1, 2009. For more information, visit NEw IDS REaDY Get yours today! The GNWT has updated the look of its employee photo ID cards. You can get one made at your local HR Service Centre: locations/ HR SuRvEY THaNk YOu Thanks to all GNWT employees who completed the Corporate HR survey in January. We received over 900 completed surveys! Thanks also to those who participated in focus group sessions and interviews. We value your feedback. All information received is being compiled and will be used in the development of the 10-year Corporate Human Resources Strategic Plan and threeyear action plan. PEOPLESOFT HOmE PagE You will notice additional features on the PeopleSoft home page. Once you sign in, you will see the time entry cut-off date, a “did you know” information section and, for those users with reporting access, you will be able to see when new reports have been added for you. We look forward to bringing you more improvements this year.

Grin and Bear It reveal!
Although many of you guessed our mystery cheerleader to be Marie Wilson from the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission it was none other than Nancy Gardiner, Programs Officer with Human Resources. Congratulations to Peg Embleton (DOT), who won herself a Bear Facts tea tumbler.
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