Historian Earle Lockerby was last year’s recipient of La Petite Nyctale award, presented by the Acadian Museum Association of PEI at its annual meeting last October. Earle, who lives in Ontario, was unable to attend that meeting and recently, while on the Island, he finally received his award.
The award was presented in recognition of Lockerby’s extensive research, publications and lectures on various aspects of Acadian history, particularly that of the Island.
He has made a significant contribution to making the history of the Island’s Acadians known, mainly but not exclusively, through his publication Deportation of the Prince Edward Island Acadians (Nimbus, 2008) and its French version, La Déportation des Acadiens de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard (translation by Robert Pichette, Éditions au Carré, 2010).
Lockerby, a native of Hamilton, PEI, had a career in the nuclear energy field, where he worked for 30 years at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited. He is now retired and lives in Ontario and spends the summers, with his wife Heidi, at their cottage on the Island.
La Petite Nyctale award is given annually to recognize an individual, organization or group that has contributed over the years to the preservation and promotion of Acadian heritage.