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Mary Bussey recognized for her work

Mary Bussey (centre) received an award for her many years of service with the St. Lunaire-Griquet Harbour Authority, which she has been a part of for 26 years. She was joined by area manager for Small Craft Harbours of Western Newfoundland and Labrador, John Doody (left), and Dwayne Cull, assistant to MP Gudie Hutchings.
Mary Bussey (centre) received an award for her many years of service with the St. Lunaire-Griquet Harbour Authority, which she has been a part of for 26 years. She was joined by area manager for Small Craft Harbours of Western Newfoundland and Labrador, John Doody (left), and Dwayne Cull, assistant to MP Gudie Hutchings.

It's been 26 years since Mary Bussey first stepped into a role with the Harbour Authority of St. Lunaire.

She's faced down many challenges with great fortitude in that time and on Dec. 5, she was honoured with a plaque, a Long-Standing Service Award from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) "in recognition of extraordinary dedication to the ongoing success of the Harbour Authority program."

As secretary, Bussey, 66, oversees the day-to-day operations of the harbour.

She's faced down many challenges with great fortitude in that time and on Dec. 5, she was honoured with a plaque, a Long-Standing Service Award from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) "in recognition of extraordinary dedication to the ongoing success of the Harbour Authority program."

As secretary, Bussey, 66, oversees the day-to-day operations of the harbour.

Mary Bussey accepts a print of the St. Lunaire-Griquet Harbour at a celebration dinner earlier this month.

During her quarter-century tenure, there have been many changes.

After the 1992 moratorium, for instance, crab and shrimp would take over and become their saviour. Meanwhile, the harbour has seen extensions of the finger pier and the marginal wharf.

"And I grew with it," Bussey adds, noting that her responsibilities expanded over the years with the harbour itself.

There have also been many challenges. There have been nights without sleep she says, and occasions when she's been called in at 3 a.m.

"It's 24/7 for me," she says.

The most difficult time she recalls was a boat fire at the wharf about 10 years ago. Despite the scare, the wharf itself was saved.

Bussey says she was "ecstatic" when she learned she would be honoured for her work.

She called up all of her family, and though they were unable to get home to see the honour bestowed, they too were overjoyed. She says they knew it was long overdue.

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