Marguerite Drake of the Burin Harbour Authority Awarded DFO Prix d’Excellence

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ST. JOHN’S, NL – The Prix d’Excellence is one of Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s most prestigious awards, honouring teams and individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the success of the Department’s Harbour Authority Program.

Harbour Authorities are responsible for the day-to-day harbour operations. They have strong links to the fishing industry, a cornerstone of our Canadian culture and economy, which depends on safe, accessible and well-managed harbours.

Today, the Honourable Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, presented the 2016 national Prix d’Excellence in the category of National Individual Commitment to Marguerite Drake of the Harbour Authority of Burin.

This award acknowledges individuals who have shown extraordinary dedication to the ongoing success of their harbours or who have significantly contributed to the Harbour Authority Program over the years.

Marguerite Drake has been the harbour supervisor and bookkeeper for the harbour of Burin since 2003.  For the last seven years, she has played a key role in the development of a mentoring program to provide hands-on financial training to Harbour Authority members across Newfoundland and Labrador. She continues to demonstrate valuable leadership in her participation in and contribution to the strong network of Harbour Authorities within Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Government of Canada is pleased to recognize Marguerite Drake’s contributions to her harbour and to the overall Harbour Authority program in Newfoundland and Labrador.


“We are proud to recognize Marguerite Drake with the National Individual Commitment award for her dedication in sharing her expertise and enhancing the Harbour Authority network within Newfoundland and Labrador.”

The Honourable Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, Member of Parliament, Bonavista-Burin-Trinity

“I am proud to acknowledge the years of dedication and hard work of Marguerite Drake, who has helped build a strong Harbour Authority community in Newfoundland and Labrador. With her expertise, she is essential to the daily operations at Burin harbour, and plays a significant role in the success of the Harbour Authority.”

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

“I would like to express my appreciation and thanks for being bestowed with such an honour.  I am grateful for the hard work of my dedicated colleagues in making the small craft harbour network in Newfoundland and Labrador what it is today.”

Marguerite Drake, Harbour Supervisor, Harbour Authority of Burin, Newfoundland Region

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