Mr. President, Members of the Society, and guests.

Thank you, Frank, for your kind citation. It is an honor to be chosen as the 2001 recipient of the Mineralogical Society of America Award, and I thank the society for selecting me.

I grew up in rural northern New Brunswick, Canada, and embarked on my journey to a career in mineralogy 15 years ago. I have been extraordinarily fortunate—I am doing something I love and have been rewarded generously. The first half of my journey was in Canada, and I am grateful to the Canadian mineralogical community and funding agency. The...

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