Pauktuutit announces 3 new executive board members

Members represent Inuvialuit, Yellowknife and Happy Valley-Goose Bay for Inuit women’s group

Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada elected three new executive members to its board of directors on March 10. From left to right are interim president Gerri Sharpe, interim vice-president Pauletta Tremblett, and secretary-treasurer Michelle Gruben. (Images courtesy of Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada)

By Nunatsiaq News

Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada has elected three new executive members to its board of directors.

The national Inuit women’s group spokesperson Amanda Deseure made the announcement on Tuesday. 

Returning member Gerri Sharpe and new members Pauletta Tremblett and Michelle Gruben will make up the executive leadership of the national Inuit women’s organization based in Ottawa. 

On March 10, former vice-president Gerri Sharpe was acclaimed to the position of interim president for a one-year term, following the departure of longtime president Rebecca Kudloo in February.

Sharpe represents Yellowknife and previously served on the Inuvik Transition House board for more than seven years. 

In a media release, Sharpe said she hopes to “fill the big shoes” left for her. 

“I am honoured by the trust put in me,” she said.

“I am also excited by the work that is ahead of us. With the team Pauktuutit has, we will be doing great things.”

Replacing Sharpe as vice-president for a one-year term is Happy Valley-Goose Bay representative Pauletta Tremblett. She currently works full time with the Nunatsiavut government as the Inuit health survey co-ordinator.

Tremblett said she is “honoured” to help lead the board. 

Elected to a full three-year term as secretary-treasurer is Michelle Gruben, a new board member who represents the Inuvialuit region. 

Gruben said she is looking forward to bringing her strong understanding of budgets and auditing to Pauktuutit’s team.

“Being a board member for Pauktuutit, I am honoured to be working with strong outspoken ladies. We will all work together to be a strong powerful voice for all other Inuit women and families in Canada,” she said.

Sharpe, Tremblett and Gruben will head the 15 members of Pauktuutit’s board of directors. 

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