Publication date:December 21st, 2015
It is with heavy hearts that the NWT Sport Community says goodbye to one of the pioneers of the Arctic Winter Games. Stuart M. Hodgson made a profound impact in sport in the Northwest Territories. His work as the Commissioner of NWT brought communities and people closer. Stuart passed away Friday, December 18th at the age of 91.
Stuart Hodgson held the position of the Commissioner of the Northwest Territories, being the first Commissioner of the Northwest Territories to live in the north. He was a leader in the construction of a semiautonomous, responsible self-government run by residents of the territory. In 1969, Hodgson along with three colleagues, founded the Arctic Winter Games. The Games provided an avenue for athletes to develop and enhance their skills with other athletes across the North. The lasting legacy promised from the first Arctic Winter Games in 1970 has shone through to every games hosted and through to every athlete who has competed in the games.
“We are deeply saddened by the recent passing of Stuart Hodgson, a sport pioneer within the NWT and for all northern athletes. For decades his vision to see a way to offer multisport games that would engage northern athletes, has ignited the North and the passion of sport for all participants. This will live on in the hearts of our past, present and future athletes. Our prayers and thoughts go out to his family” stated Executive Director, Doug Rentmeister.
Stuart was a leader and visionary for the NWT. His passion and dedication to the people of the NWT, the North and sport for our Northern community members and friends has left behind a grand legacy for Northern Canada and beyond. Our prayers go out to his family and loved ones.
A memorial for Hodgson will be held on Vancouver on January 14th, 2016.