My name is Kimberly Masson and I was recently hired as the Executive Director of the Embrace Life Council. My family and I have lived in Iqaluit, Nunavut for nine years. I was formerly the Guidance Counsellor at Inuksuk High School and have spent just shy of 20 years in Education. Prior to that I was in business management. I have served on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations in the territory and continue to volunteer in various capacities. All of this has prepared me for this new role with ELC and I’m delighted to get started.
As I orient myself with my new responsibilities and get to know all of our valued partners, I encourage you to contact me by email or telephone with any questions, suggestions, or comments. I look forward to working with you to make Nunavummiut, our communities, and our country healthier and stronger.
Every month IIKELC is highlighting inspiring and uplifting stories from Nunavummiut across the territory. This month we are proud to celebrate Kendall Aknavigak! Please enjoy her story below… My name is Geela Saviakjuk and I am from Rankin Inlet. I believe leadership is about inspiring others and leading by example to reach a common goal..
Applications for this year’s Youth Peer Leadership program are now open! Youth ages 19-25 in all Qikiqtani communities can now apply for the Youth Peer Leadership Program. Successful applicants will travel to Iqaluit from November 29- December 1, 2023. You can find more details about this program as well as the application forms at the bottom.
We are honoured to announce that Isaksimagit Inuusirmi Katujjiqatigiit Embrace Life Council has been named a Champion of Mental Health and awarded the Best Community Organization of 2023 by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health for providing great public service to Nunavummiut experiencing mental illness. Please read the full press release below.
The theme for this year’s contest is Memories! Please see the letter (found at the bottom of this page) for contest details and how to enter. The Mental Health Art Contest is an annual contest for Nunavut residents to create art that is meaningful to themselves, to others, and that inspires wellness in our communities..
September 10th is Embrace Life Day / World Suicide Prevention Day. Every year, the Isaksimagit Inuusirmi Katujjiqatiigit (IIKELC) honours this day with Nunavummiut to acknowledge the lives of our loved ones and to promote life. We would like to remind you that it is important to reach out during both the good and hard times..