Cyril Polchies of Elsigogtog First Nation Awarded DFO Prix d’Excellence
April 6, 2016
Richibucto, NEW BRUNSWICK – On behalf of the Honourable Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Pat Finnigan, Member of Parliament for Miramichi— Grand Lake, awarded Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s National Individual Commitment Prix d’Excellence to Mr. Cyril Polchies, the first Indigenous person to receive this award from the Small Craft Harbours Program.
Mr. Polchies, of Elsipogtog First Nation, has been president of the Richibucto Harbour Authority since 2002. Richibucto is a busy harbour with close to 100 commercial fishermen.
The Government of Canada is pleased to recognize the leadership and dedication of Mr. Polchies as president over the past 14 years. During this period, he demonstrated outstanding personal commitment to fostering greater cooperation among Mi’kmaq, Anglophone and Francophone fishermen who use the Richibucto small craft harbour. These efforts have resulted in a better managed harbour for the fishermen and a stronger local community working toward common goals.
- The Prix d’Excellence is awarded annually to celebrate the exemplary contributions of harbour authorities to Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Small Craft Harbours Program. The award recognizes teams and individuals who have made significant contributions to local harbours and their communities.
- The National Individual Commitment Prix d’Excellence recognizes individuals who have shown extraordinary dedication to the ongoing success of their harbours or who have significantly contributed to the Harbour Authority Program.
“I congratulate Cyril Polchies for his excellent work and dedication with the Richibucto Harbour Authority. He has done an excellent job in bringing people together to improve the safety and vitality of the harbour which benefits the entire community. His efforts exemplify the dedication and hard work that members of harbour authorities across Canada demonstrate every day.”
The Honourable Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
“It’s an honor to receive this national award. Since the start, I have been committed to working closely with fishermen to improve safety conditions to make the Richibucto harbour one of the safest and best harbours. I wish to thank the First Nation of Elsipogtog, as well as Fisheries and Oceans Canada, for their support throughout the years.”
Cyril Polchies, President of the Richibucto Harbour Authority and recipient of the Prix d’Excellence
For more information about the Prix d’Excellence and about submitting nominations for future awards, visit this site.
Photo legend: Pat Finnigan, Member of Parliament for Miramichi-Grand Lake, presented Mr. Cyril Polchies with Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Prix d’Excellence Award in recognition of his remarkable contribution to the Richibucto Harbour Authority from the Small Craft Harbours Program. From left to right: Mr. Cyril Polchies, recipient and Mr. Finnigan.
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