Dis­tinc­tion awards

Northern Pen - - EDITORIAL - FROM B1

Au­gus­tine (Gus) Etchegary Por­tu­gal Cove-St. Philip’s Born in 1924, St. Lawrence na­tive Au­gus­tine (Gus) Etchegary has wit­nessed and shared in a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ences, in­clud­ing the havoc of the 1929 tsunami and the ef­forts to res­cue crew mem­bers from the USS Trux­tun, which ran aground near St. Lawrence. Join­ing Fish­ery Prod­ucts Ltd. in 1947, Etchegary had a dis­tin­guished 41-year ca­reer, re­tir­ing in 1988 as ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent. A long­time fish­eries ad­vo­cate, Etchegary is a former Cana­dian com­mis­sioner to the In­ter­na­tional Com­mis­sion of the North­west At­lantic Fish­eries and the North At­lantic Fish­ery Or­ga­ni­za­tion. He par­tic­i­pated in a num­ber of fish­ery ne­go­ti­a­tions and was also re­spon­si­ble for the for­ma­tion of the Save Our Fish­eries As­so­ci­a­tion in 1971. After re­tir­ing, Etchegary vol­un­teered for a num­ber of com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing ad­viser to the Coali­tion of Churches that high­lighted the prob­lems fac­ing ru­ral NL com­mu­ni­ties fol­low­ing the 1992 cod mora­to­rium. Etchegary’s was also the first New­found­lan­der to be in­ducted into the Cana­dian Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2008 he was awarded an honorary doc­tor of laws de­gree by Me­mo­rial Univer­sity and, in 2013, pub­lished his first novel, “Empty Nets,” which re­counts his his­toric at­tach­ment to and pas­sion for the fish­ing in­dus­try, his love and re­spect for a way of life unique to NL com­mu­ni­ties, and his con­vic­tion for na­ture’s ca­pac­ity to re­new it­self if given a chance.

Der­mot (Derm) Flynn


Der­mot (Derm) Flynn was born in Pla­cen­tia Bay in 1947. Flynn has had a dis­tin­guished ca­reer on the Is­land and in Labrador. He spent 32 years in mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment — eight years as mayor and deputy mayor of Wabush and 24 years as mayor and deputy mayor of Ap­ple­ton, a po­si­tion he still holds. Flynn moved to Ap­ple­ton in 1991 and has been keen to find new ideas to ben­e­fit the town. The Ap­ple­ton Win­ter Fes­ti­val cel­e­brated its 25th year in Fe­bru­ary and he has been a com­mit­tee vol­un­teer since its in­cep­tion. Un­der his lead­er­ship, Ap­ple­ton has im­proved the ecosys­tem of the Gan­der River with the suc­cess­ful con­struc­tion and im­ple­men­ta­tion of an Aby­doz Wet­land Treat­ment Fa­cil­ity in 2006-07 that won nu­mer­ous awards for its treat­ment lev­els, in­no­va­tive de­sign and green method of treat­ment. Flynn has been in­volved with the Pro­vin­cial Tidy Towns pro­gram that has gar­nered Ap­ple­ton wins in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2016. He is a life mem­ber of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Kins­men Clubs of Canada, was in­ducted into the Soft­ball New­found­land and Labrador Hall of Fame and, in 2012, was awarded the Queen’s Ju­bilee Medal. Be­cause of the ef­forts of the peo­ple of Ap­ple­ton, Flynn is por­trayed in the Broad­way mu­si­cal “Come From Away.”

Leonard (Len) Simms

St. John’s

Leonard (Len) Simms was born in 1943 in How­ley and raised in Cor­ner Brook, but be­came a long-time res­i­dent of Grand Falls-Wind­sor be­fore mov­ing to St. John’s. His ac­co­lades and ac­com­plish­ments in­clude be­ing pres­i­dent of the Kins­men Club of Grand Fall­sWind­sor, deputy gover­nor of Kins­men NL and gover­nor of Kins­men, At­lantic Prov­inces. Simms was the first New­found­land Kins­man to be elected na­tional pres­i­dent of the Kins­men Clubs of Canada, in 1978-79. Simms has been in­volved with a num­ber of char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing the Lions Max Simms Me­mo­rial Camp since 1981, chair of the Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion ad­vi­sory board and mem­ber of Stella’s Cir­cle gov­er­nance board. Simms is a well-known po­lit­i­cal fig­ure, hav­ing served as an MHA for Grand Falls-Wind­sor, Speaker of the House of As­sem­bly, a mem­ber of cab­i­net, leader of the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive Party of New­found­land and Labrador, and Leader of the Op­po­si­tion. Most re­cently, Simms served as CEO of the New­found­land and Labrador Hous­ing Corp. and, as an af­ford­able hous­ing ad­vo­cate, re­ceived the Na­tional Cana­dian Mort­gage and Hous­ing Corp. Award at the 2013 Cana­dian Hous­ing Congress for out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to ad­vanc­ing af­ford­able hous­ing so­lu­tions.

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