On Friday, July 14, Earl Pilgrim of Roddickton, Barb Genge of Main Brook and Darlene Rice of Goose Cove were honoured with a presentation of Canada 150 pins.
Each Member of Parliament’s office was provided 20 of these limited edition pins to distribute this year. The recipients were determined through a nomination process with residents writing in, nominating people they felt were deserving of the honour in their district. The top 20 people nominated receive the pins.
Three of them on the Northern Peninsula, in MP Gudie Hutchings’ district of Long Range Mountains, received theirs from Hutchings on Friday morning at the Grenfell Centre in St. Anthony.
The pins incorporate the original copper that covered the roofs of Canada’s Parliament Buildings from 1918-96. Natural weathering and imperfections are authentic markings that contribute to its heritage value.
Meet the recipients
Earl Pilgrim - Roddickton
Earl Pilgrim was born in Roddickton in 1939, where he still lives. He and his late wife, Beatrice, have four grown children and numerous grandchildren.
He started his career in the Canadian Army, where he found a passion for boxing and went on to become a Canadian Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion. After his time in the army, he began working as a Forest Ranger with the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Forestry and less than a decade later he became a Wildlife Protection Officer.
Pilgrim has always possessed a strong passion for nature and wildlife, but one of his most prominent passions is storytelling. Over the years, he has published many books and through these books, has told many important stories. In addition to being a successful author, Pilgrim and his son, Norman, own a wilderness lodge in the mountains of Cloud River. At this lodge, they offer big game hunting in the fall, snowmobiling in the winter, and fishing in the summer.
Barb Genge - Main Brook
In 2013, Barb Genge was inducted into the Canadian Tourism Hall of Fame for her unfaltering dedication to the tourism sector. She is the president of Tuckamore Lodge Ltd., an award-winning hunting, fishing and adventure tourism lodge located in Main Brook.
Genge is a successful business owner, an engaged community leader, a champion for sustainable development, and a distinguished leader in the tourism and travel industry of Newfoundland and Labrador. Genge was also one of the founders of the Northern Travels Tourism Association – the predecessor to the Viking Trail Tourism Association, of which she was also president for several terms. In addition, Genge has served as CEO of Neave Water Products.
Genge has received numerous awards over the years including the Sustainable Tourism Award, presented by Hospitality NL and Parks Canada for her sustainable tourism practices and commitment to the protection of natural and cultural resources, Entrepreneur of the Year presented by the P. J. Gardner Institute of Small Business Studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland, as well as the PRIDE award, presented by the Bed & Breakfast Association of NL for excellence in tourism and for playing an instrumental role in raising the profile of the industry. The Tourism Industry of Newfoundland and Labrador would not be the same without the hard work and dedication of Genge.
Darlene Rice - Goose Cove East
Darlene Rice was instrumental in co-founding the Community Readiness Program for People with Disabilities in the St. Anthony Area.
This program has improved the lives of so many by providing participants specialized programming, skill development, and violence awareness. But, this program is not only for the participants – it also benefits the families. It provides loved ones with stress management skills, coping techniques, and the chance to relax on well-deserved outings.
It is because of Rice’s dedication that so many people were able to attend the Max Simms Camp for the very first time, which is now an annual event. She is also responsible for the on-going construction of a fully inclusive playground in St. Anthony. Rice’s commitment to this program and the community is immeasurable.