Merit Awards Downsview, Toronto & Ottawa - 1984

  Part 1 - Departmental Merit Awards

l to r:  Rod Shaw, Howard Ferguson, Peter Summers, Jim Young, Marvin Olson, Jacques Gérin (presenter), Doug Whelpdale.

The awards were presented by Deputy Minister Gérin and an account of the presentations plus the above photo were published in the November / December 1984 edition of Zephyr

Part 2 - Merit Award to Yvon Bernier - summer 1984

l to r:  Geneviève Ste Marie, Gord Shimizu, Yvon Bernier, Pierre Martel.

At a ceremony in Ottawa in September deputy minister Geneviève Ste. Marie awarded AES Meteorological Liaison officer (Met L) Yvon Bernier a Certificate of Merit. The award was given for such reasons as "personal devotion and a sense of responsibility".  Outlining Mr. Bernier's contribution in greater detail, Mme. Ste. Marie said that Met L was responsible for preparing appropriate responses to public criticisms of the Minister and the Department.  The deputy minister added "Mr. Bernier worked hard to ensure that issues under AES responsibility would be viewed as a positive part of the achievements and image of the Minister and the Department. It was a remarkable contribution."

Part 3 - Merit Award to Dave Murdoch - summer 1984

l to r (all):  John William Zillman, Jim Bruce (presenter), Walter Lawryniuk, Dave Murdoch, Zou Zingmeng (side).

Original Zephyr Caption for published cropped photo:
Dave Murdoch, second from right, receives his merit award certificate.from ADM Jim Bruce at an Ontario Weather Centre ceremony. OIC Walter Lawryniuk is seen centre between these two.

See another photo below story

See also a related 1981 photo and Zephyr article

Complete Story, published in September / October 1984 issue of Zephyr

Dave Murdoch wins $2 000 award

Like most events with which David Murdoch is associated, the merit award ceremony was slightly out of the ordinary. In the boardroom of the regional weather centre at Toronto International Airport, ADM Jim Bruce presented the Climatological Information and Forensic Meteorology Technician with a cheque for $2 000, an award made under the Departmental Merit Award Program.

The citation praised Mr. Murdoch for his "tireless efforts to promote the services of AES and the high quality of service he has provided to a myriad of clients among the research, legal, insurance, and industrial communities."  To this Mr. Bruce added his personal congratulations and his observations that Dave Murdoch had done more than almost anyone else in Canada to put forensic climatology on the map.

There was a large turnout from the Ontario and Toronto weather office, and Don Smith, Director General Field Services Directorate, was also present. An unusual touch was the attendance at the ceremony of two members of the World Meteorological Organization Bureau delegation - Mr. Zou Zingmeng, Director General of the Chinese State Meteorological Administration and Second Vice-President of the WMO, and special invitee Dr. John William Zillman, director of Meteorology of the Australian weather service and a member of the Executive Council of WMO.

George McPherson, Regional Director Ontario Region, who was unable to attend the ceremony, said that Mr. Murdoch's growing recognition as a forensic climatologist was due to his effective and efficient manner in providing information to the judicial system (Murdoch has handled some 400 court cases to date).

Mr. McPherson added that organizations such as the Metropolitan Toronto Police, Ontario Police College, the Ontario Provincial Police, the RCMP as well as coroners and pathologists had requested and benefited from Murdoch's seminars on meteorology and climatology. A major milestone in recognizing his expertise came when he was invited in June 1980 to lecture to the Harvard Associates in Police Science.

Photo 2

l to r:  Dave Murdoch, Jim Bruce, Zou Zingmeng.

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