Governor General Julie Payette presents the Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division) to Fisheries officer Jim Michie, on March 21at Government House in Victoria. (MCpl Vincent Carbonneau photo)

Pritchard man earns Governor-General’s award

Recognized for respect, accountability in dealing with fisheries and wildlife infractions

Jim Michie of Pritchard has been awarded a Meritorious Service Decoration (civil division) by Governor General Julie Payette.

In 1999, while working for Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Michie spearheaded a restorative justice program to deal with conflicts related to fisheries and wildlife infractions.

Working outside the court system, he involved the community in addressing violations using traditional notions of respect and accountability.

The innovative model was successfully used throughout the region to reduce repeat offences and improve the department’s relationship with Indigenous communities.

Michie was one of 45 people invited to Government House in Victoria on Wednesday, March 21, to be recognized for excellence, courage or exceptional dedication to service with one of the following honours: the Order of Canada, the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, a Meritorious Service Decoration (civil division), a Decoration for Bravery, the Polar Medal or the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.

The Governor General presents honours on behalf of all Canadians in communities across the country.

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