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Recognition Awards
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From left to right: Richard Nadeau, Regional Director General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Quebec Region, Roger Arsenault, Matane Harbour Authority President, Jean-Pierre Élément, Sept-Îles Harbour Authority President, Gilles Vigneault, Cap-aux-Meules Harbour Authority President, and Bernard Beaudoin, Regional Director, Small Craft Harbours.

DFO  P. Dionne

The Awards of Excellence, which are managed by Small Craft Harbours Branch (SCH) headquarters and for which only the recipients of a Recognition Award are eligible, were presented to Roger Arsenault on November 24, 2009. This ceremony aims to acknowledge the work, accomplishments and efforts of harbour authority (HA) members in Québec.

The SCH created this recognition program in 2008 to benefit all the harbour authorities in Canada. Its purpose is to foster a culture of acknowledgment while saluting the contributions made by individuals or teams of people who have met the objectives of the SCH Program.

The SCH regional branches present three distinction awards in each region, namely, the Individual Commitment Award, the Harbour Authority Achievement Award and the Harbour Authority Environment Stewardship Award.

The SCH Regional Branch, Quebec Region, presented the Individual Commitment Award to Gilles Vigneault of the Cap-aux-Meules Harbour Authority; the Harbour Authority Achievement Award to Jean-Pierre Élément of the Sept-Îles Harbour Authority on behalf of the members of his board; and the Harbour Authority Environment Stewardship Award to Roger Arsenault of the Matane Harbour Authority.

Vigneault has been closely involved in all harbour management dossiers ever since the creation of the Cap-aux-Meules Harbour Authority in 2002. His efforts helped to ensure the administration's continuity as it worked through some difficult situations.

The Matane Harbour Authority earned distinction for the various initiatives taken by the members of its board, including the creation of a new tool to recycle petroleum products such as filters and 20-L oil containers. Accordingly, Arsenault received, on behalf of the Harbour Authority board over which he presides, the Harbour Authority Environment Stewardship Award.

Élément has been involved in the Comité de gestion du havre de pêche de Sept-Îles for over 20 years, and is just as dedicated to the development of the fishing industry and sound management. He works hard to ensure the efficiency of operations and the order and safety of the premises in order to provide the highest quality services to users.

DFO  B. Baziuk

The Award of Excellence for Environement Stewardship was presented to Roger Arsenault. The Honorable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and Michaela Huard, Deputy Minister, were there for the event.

Congratulations to all award recipients!

Lyne Beaumont
Small Craft Harbours