Ladies and gentlemen, members of MAC Executive and Council, friends and colleagues:
It is always an honor to be recognized by one's peers, thus for myself and my coauthors it is indeed an honor and privilege to be here as the recipients of the Hawley Medal of the Mineralogical Association of Canada. It is an honor because of the stature of this journal and a privilege because of the high calibre of the papers published in it each year. We sincerely thank the review committee for considering our contribution worthy of the Hawley Medal. However, for me this award carries with it some special gratification because of my affiliation with MAC and the special place that Peggys Cove is to me. Thus, if you permit me to indulge for a few minutes, I would like to share with you why this honor is so meaningful to me.
Firstly, I was most fortunate several years ago to be invited by my esteemed colleague Bob Martin, editor extraordinaire of The Canadian Mineralogist, to join the board of associate editors of the journal. This association is one that I have both relished and, I might add, benefitted from immensely. In the capacity of an associate editor, one really learns first-hand the tremendous effort put in by Bob and his staff to maintain the impeccable standard established by the journal. However, I might also say for those that are curious, that when an associate editor wears the author's hat, as in the case of the Peggys Cove paper, there is no favouritism extended from Bob the Editor, even if the topic like pegmatites is close to his heart - this is of course in no way implying that Bob is without heart!
Secondly, I sat as a councillor for MAC for a number of years and now have the honor to fill the role of Vice President, which if you are not aware carries a six-year sentence, since the roles of the VP, President and Past President run consecutively, each with their own two-year term. However, on a more serious note, it is really an exciting time to be associated with this organization, as the Earth sciences are in a state of constant flux and change, but MAC is addressing these issues head on. The council and executive are doing great things, people have lots of innovative ideas and are full of energy, and it is truly a privilege to be part of this premier mineralogical organization.
And thirdly, Peggys Cove occupies a special place in my heart. For many years, my family and friends have been visiting this Maritime hamlet as if it were our own special retreat and refuge. I have spent countless hours hiking the glaciated outcrops under both bright blue skies or the foulest of Maritime weather while gazing in wonder at what Mother Nature has bequeathed to granite afficionados like myself. On display are the most amazing swarms of sheeted aplite and pegmatite. The pegmatites are commonly zoned with cores of beautiful, coarse tourmaline, whereas the aplitic layers have the most intricately laminated line rock that defies explanation. Note that in the paper, we did not offer an explanation for this texture. To be recognized here today for conveying some of this geological mystery to the Earth-science community is indeed both gratifying and humbling.
Before concluding, I would like to acknowledge a debt of gratitude to some special people involved in this and other projects that I have had the privilege to work on. Firstly my coauthors, Jarda, Doug and Kurt, a sincere thank you for your collaborative support over the years. I operate on a modest budget, and it is because of the exceptional generosity of colleagues such as yourselves that I am able to supplement my field observations with only the best-quality data, that comes with unsolicited and volunteered expert interpretation and moral support. Next, I have a management in my department that endorses my work, recognizes its relevance, and permits me the latitude to pursue a variety of fascinating projects. Thanks to Bob, Mike and Scot. I also have the pleasure of working and interacting with a fascinating group of talented geologists, each with a great sense of humour and commitment to their profession. I sincerely acknowledge your friendship and support over the years. In addition, I have benefitted from the association with some remarkably talented student assistants during the summers. To Dree, Jerry, Michelle and the many others, thank you for your efforts and camaraderie. Finally, to my family that has always supported by endeavors and time away from home with understanding and love, thanks to Jason, Julia and Lynn.