Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

November 24, 2010 09:00 ET

Minister Shea Presents Prix d'excellence to Canada's Harbour Authority Volunteers

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 24, 2010) - The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, honoured the efforts of harbour authority volunteers last night at the Small Craft Harbours Prix d'Excellence ceremony.

"Our Government understands that small craft harbours are the heart and soul of coastal communities across Canada," said Minister Shea. "That is why we have made the largest investments in small craft harbours in a generation – and why I am so pleased to partner with harbour authority volunteers for their efforts to keep harbours well-maintained for the thousands of Canadians whose livelihoods depend on them."

The Prix d'Excellence is awarded annually to celebrate the exemplary contributions made by Harbour Authorities in meeting the objectives of the Small Craft Harbours Program. The award recognizes teams and individuals who have made significant contributions to their harbours and their communities.

This year's group award for National Harbour Authority Achievement was awarded to the Harbour Authority of Bayfield, Maritimes and Gulf Regions. It was accepted by Austin Boudreau. National Individual Commitment awards were presented to: Elizabeth McLeod, Comox Valley Harbour Authority, Pacific Region; Raoul Grenier, Harbour Authority of Newport, Quebec Region; Paul-Aimé Mallet, Harbour Authority of Le Goulet; Maritimes and Gulf Regions Maureen Fleming, Harbour Authority of Lamaline; Newfoundland and Labrador Region and David Tomasson, Hecla Village Harbour Authority, Central and Arctic Region.

"On behalf of our Government and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, I offer my sincere thanks and congratulations to this year's recipients," said Minister Shea. "The Small Craft Harbours Program would not be as successful without the support and continued devotion of these committed volunteers."

For more information on the Small Craft Harbours program, the role of harbour authorities and volunteers and the Prix d'Excellence, please visit: www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/sch-ppb.

Backgrounder:

RECIPIENTS OF THE 2010 SMALL CRAFT HARBOURS PRIX D'EXCELLENCE

In 2008, the Small Craft Harbours Program introduced the Harbour Authority Recognition Program to formally acknowledge the work, accomplishments and efforts of harbour authorities nationwide. 

The Prix d'Excellence, now in its third year, is the highest recognition award that can be presented to harbour authorities and their volunteers. It is awarded annually to celebrate the exemplary contributions made by harbour authorities in meeting the objectives of the Small Craft Harbours Program. The awards program, which is now in its third year, provides an opportunity to formally recognize teams and individuals who have made significant contributions to their harbours or communities. 

National Harbour Authority Achievement

Awards for National Harbour Authority Achievement are presented to harbour authorities that demonstrate commitment to the ongoing success of their harbours and the Harbour Authority Program through the development of projects, initiatives or services that benefit harbour users and the local community.

Recipient of the award of National Habour Authority Achievement:

The Harbour Authority of Bayfield

The Harbour Authority of Bayfield was incorporated in 1998 and is located in the Gulf Nova Scotia area, Maritimes and Gulf Regions. From 2002 and 2008, the Harbour Authority of Bayfield undertook a major waterfront development project that included a multi-purpose community building and office, landscaping, a fisherman's memorial, interpretative and identification signage, a waterfront walking trail, and a new web page. Harbour Authority volunteers organized events to raise funds for the project and contributed most of the labour themselves.

National Individual Commitment

Awards for National Individual Commitment are presented to volunteers who have shown extraordinary dedication to the ongoing success of their harbour, and to volunteers who have made a significant contribution to the Harbour Authority Program.

Recipients of awards for National Individual Commitment:

Raoul Grenier, Harbour Authority of Newport

Raoul Grenier is the President of the Newport Harbour Authority in the Gaspé Peninsula, Québec Region. Raoul is a dedicated volunteer who has implemented projects to make the harbour cleaner, more sustainable and user-friendly.

Elizabeth McLeod, Comox Valley Harbour Authority

Elizabeth McLeod is the Harbour Manager of the Comox Valley Harbour Authority, Pacific Region. She is also a member of both the National Harbour Authority Advisory Committee and the Pacific Region Harbour Authority Advisory Committee. She initiated and chaired a Derelict Vessel Committee to raise awareness of this issue. Elizabeth has helped to implement training and mentors new harbour managers.

Paul-Aimé Mallet, Harbour Authority of Le Goulet

Paul-Aimé Mallet is the President and Harbour Master of the Harbour Authority of Le Goulet, Maritimes and Gulf Regions. Paul-Aimé always takes time to help other Harbour Authorities, while working to ensure his own harbour is well-managed, safe and functional for users. As an example of his hard-work and leadership, Paul-Aimé brought together fishermen from his community to build the wharf they use today.

Maureen Fleming, Harbour Authority of Lamaline

Maureen Fleeming is the Harbour Supervisor, Treasurer and Board Member of the Harbour Authority of Lamaline, Newfoundland and Labrador Region. Maureen is a volunteer at both the Harbour Authority of Lamaline and the Harbour Authority of Point-Au-Gaul. Her efforts have helped both harbour authorities upgrade and build new harbour facilities.

David Tomasson, Hecla Village Harbour Authority

David Tomasson is a Director of the Hecla Village Harbour Authority, Central and Arctic Region. He is also a member of the National Harbour Authority Advisory Committee, the Freshwater Regional Harbour Authority Advisory Committee, and is Chairman of the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation. In recent years, David has been dedicated to revitalizing the Hecla Village Harbour Authority. He has worked to improve breakwater protection, install a conveyor for commercial fishers and add additional floating docks.

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