Carrie Manitopyes, Muskowekwan Nation - Manager Human Resources, Grey Eagles Casino
Since the Grey Eagles Casino opened its doors in 2007, Carrie has worked tirelessly in her role as the facility'sHuman Resource Manager, setting and overseeing high standards for both herself and her HR team. She is well respected for her ability to lead decisively while treating all employees equally and respectfully. Carrie's 'Learning Circle' sessions have been instrumental in the skill development of Grey Eagles staff, and her role in the partnership between Sonco Gaming and the Tsuu T'ina Nation has helped greatly towards achieving their mutual employment goals. Carrie is, and continues to be, a strong, knowledgeable leader and a great role model for Grey Eagles Casino staff, as well as the Tsuu T'ina Nation in whole.
Employee of the Year
Rod Benson, Ojibway Curve Lake First Nation - EMR Officer, Great Blue Heron Charity Casino
An integral member of Great Blue Heron Charity Casino staff since 2002, Ron is well known for his consistently calm and cool demeanour, sincere attitude, passion for the job, and the professionalism with which he conducts his day to day responsibilities. In his role as a Emergency Management Response Officer, Ron is a natural leader and team player. He also received a Save Award from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) Corporation for reviving a patron after a severe heart attack. His expertise and ability to deftly handle emergencies have made him an invaluable member of the Great Blue Heron Charity Casino's Security Team.
Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority, Health & Wellness Program
Comprehensive benefits, enriching training opportunities, progressive assistance programs and extensive health and safety support services are just a few defining features of the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Association's (SIGA) Health and Wellness Program. Launched in 2004, the program was designed from the ground up to match employees' evolving needs and to reflect the First Nations and SIGA's guiding principals: Tâpwêwin, Pimâcihowin, Miyo-wîcêhtowin, Miskâsowin, and Wîtaskêwin. Since starting, the program has evolved to include a Health and Wellness Coordinator on every casino site, and it continues to innovate the way in which it builds programs based on employee needs.
Community Service Award
Merridy Curtis, Ojibway Nation - Benefits & Compensation Assistant, Great Blue Heron Charity Casino
For over 10 years, Merridy has contributed a great amount of time and support to the Pontypool community. Between her family and her HR position at Great Blue Heron Charity Casino, she has found time to lend her skills, resources and energy to numerous organizations including the Native Women's Resource Centre, Pontypool & Bethany United Church, the Pontypool Community Centre, the Manvers Township Historical Society and many more. In addition to assuming leadership roles and responsibilities within the casino, she regularly organizes popular events such Pontypool's Canada Day celebration, and the annual public skating event on Pontypool pond. Merridy was also instrumental in organizing a parade for Pontypool's 125th Anniversary; the first of its kind in Pontypool for over 30 years.
The First Nation Canadian Gaming Awards are sponsored by Casino Rama, Global Gaming Solutions, and Great Blue Heron Charity Casino