A Day in the Life: Mayor Gord Van Tighem for UHB

1 Aug

Yellowknife Mayor, Gordon Van Tighem.

Well, here is my final cover assignment as staff shooter for Up Here Publishing. Me and Associate Editor, Chris Windeyer of Up Here Business, were asked to follow Mayor Gord Van Tighem for a day and get a sense of his working life before he rides off into the political sunset. He’s been Yellowknife’s mayor since 2000 and will not be seeking re-election this fall. I believe his plan is to spend time with his family, fish, hunt, go boating, travel and re-paint his 1951 Chevy. A much deserved break for a good guy who’s served his community well.

Our day with the mayor was a good indication of how busy the job is: his schedule took us from City Hall, to impromptu meet and greets with locals, to luncheons with business folks, to TV interviews, to fundraisers, and finally, home. A special thanks to Gord for allowing us to hang out with him all day. And another special thanks to my coworkers at Up Here – its been a hell of a good time and a pleasure – you guys will always get a special photo discount after I become super famous and filthy rich.

To all of you: be sure to pick up the September issue of Up Here Business and read Chris’ profile. Thx!

6 Responses to “A Day in the Life: Mayor Gord Van Tighem for UHB”

  1. Eileen Van Tighem August 2, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    Proud to be the mother of this very special guy!

  2. Yvonne Fleming August 8, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    Proud to have had you as my President for so many years, it was my pleasure to get to know such a wonderful hard working man, good luck with your retirement! You will be truly missed.

  3. Yvette Gonzalez August 8, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    It was an honor to work with Gordon for the past 6 years..what a great guy and a SUPER Mayor

  4. Cynthia Horton August 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    I feel the same as Yvette and Yvonne, you really will be truly missed. As Mayor and President of the NWTAC you have never had a moment to call your own, I hope you enjoy some relaxation in retirement.

  5. Colleen Weremczuk August 9, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

    Looks like a typical day for my Dad. From the office to carrying in the groceries. Way to go Dad! Hope the last few months in office are enjoyable, I’m sure they will be.


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