Summerside police chief receives Canadian Cancer Society award

Published on April 25, 2014
Summerside Police Chief David Poirier receives the Della Rowledge Murphy Memorial Volunteer Award from the Canadian Cancer Society. Making the presentation are left, Pamela Fralick, president and CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society, and Bill Whelan, past-president P.E.I. Division Board of Directors. 
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CHARLOTTETOWN – Summerside Police Chief David Poirier has been named the recipient of the Della Rowledge Murphy Memorial Volunteer Award.


Poirier has been assisting the Summerside Relay for Life as the Health and Safety Chair of the Relay Committee since 2007. He is a dedicated and dependable volunteer who has been a wonderful asset to the committee and his community.

His primary responsibility is to provide Relay participants with a secure and safe environment.

Poirier’s organizational skills and incredible spirit help create a great experience, ensuring that many participants and volunteers return year after year. 

He got involved with the Society because so many of his family members have been touched by cancer. He said it’s most gratifying to see cancer survivors as they take part in the first Victory Lap at Relay.

As a police officer for almost 37 years, Poirier loves to help people in his community. He has canvassed for the Society and has been the recipient of other community awards related to his support of Junior Hockey and community service clubs.

This award was created in 1994 in memory of Della Rowledge-Murphy to recognize volunteers for outstanding efforts in the fight against cancer and to acknowledge long-term service to the Society. Della was one such volunteer.

She began her life-long battle with cancer at age 17 and accepted each challenge with courage. During that time, Della contributed to the Canadian Cancer Society by providing support to others facing the disease and advocating for patients.