Steven C. Smyrl, Chairman of the Ireland Branch of the Irish Genealogical Research Society, congratulated on behalf of friends and members of the Society, Terrence Punch, for having been named as a Member of the Order of Canada in the 2011 New Year's honours list oublished on behalf of HM The Queen by the Governor General of Canada, David Johnston. As many IGRS members will know, Terrence has been a member of the IGRS for very many years, and is a regular contributor of material both to our annual journal the Irish Genealogist and to the Society's bi-annual Newsletter. In recognition of Terrence's long contribution to genealogy he
was elected to the Fellowship of the IGRS in 2009.
The accompanying citation to his Order of Canada award notes that it has been made in recognition of "his contributions to the development and popularization of genealogy in the Atlantic provinces" of Canada. You can read more about this here
With all good wishes for 2011.