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On October 19, 2011, regional awards were presented in the context of the Harbour Authority Recognition Program for the fourth consecutive year. The ceremony took place in Québec City, and members of the Regional Harbour Authority Committee as well as Fisheries and Oceans Canada representatives were in attendance.

This year, two parties received this distinction: the Pointe-Basse and Pointe-aux-Loups Harbour Authority on the Magdalen Islands, represented at the ceremony by Charles Poirier, and Marvin Buckle, of the Eastern Lower North Shore Harbour Authority.

Harbour Authority Achievement Award

Pointe-Basse and Pointe-aux-Loups Harbour Authority purchased a building on Department property that housed small warehouses in order to make certain modifications, including the addition of a second floor to create office space.

Among other responsibilities, the Harbour Authority took charge of the calls for bids and the contract follow-up. Various other partners were also involved in the project, notably Canada Economic Development and the Caisse populaire Desjardins de Havre-aux-Maisons.

Harbour Authority members and users are all very proud of this achievement, which will no doubt be of great use to the community and become a source of considerable income for the Harbour Authority.

This project was brought to term thanks to the leadership, commitment and initiative of the Harbour Authority.

Charles Poirier Marvin Buckle
Charles Poirier (left) and Marvin Buckle (right) receiving their awards and certificates from Ariane Plourde, Acting Regional Director General, and Bernard Beaudoin, Regional Small Craft Harbours Branch Director.
DFO P. Dionne
Individual Commitment Award

Marvin Buckle has always been very community-minded. He has been president of his harbour authority for more than twenty years and co-founded the Eastern Lower North Shore Harbour Authority.

Buckle paved the way for a major project to replace floating docks that had been in place for over 20 years. He took charge of this project and worked in collaboration with several partners including Canada Economic Development, Emploi Québec and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. As a result, pleasure craft operators and fish harvesters now have access to safe infrastructure. 

With his unwavering perseverance, Buckle contributed to the success of the Lower North Shore Harbour Authorities Program. His dedication through the years and his concern for the well-being of those who use the harbour facilities are appreciated by his fellow citizens.

Congratulations to all award recipients!

Lyne Beaumont
Small Craft Harbours
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