The Rotary Club of Summerside annually designates  a Paul Ha rris Fellow to recognize a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives and mission of the Rotary Foundation to build world understanding and peace. During the joint Chamber/Rotary Lobster Luncheon on July 15, 2009, Dave Poirier was selected to receive this recognition because the Rotary Club of Summerside believes that his life exemplifies the humanitarian and educational objectives of The Rotary Foundation.



Dave Poirier, who was born in St. Nicholas, PE, became a member of the Summerside Police Force after graduating from the Atlantic Police Academy in 1978.  Rising through the ranks, he became Chief in 2006.  During his police career, Dave has received two Life Saving Awards and was also recognized for the role he played in rescuing several race horses when fire struck the Summerside Raceway in 1982.


With over 30 years in policing Dave has contributed his expertise through participation in many professional endeavours including the Executive of the PEI Chief's of Police, representing the City on the development of the new provincial Police Act, member of the Canadian Police Information Centre Advisory Committee, provincial Intelligence Steering Committee and the Crime Prevention Advisory Committee.


Dave has established an excellent rapport with the business community and youth of Summerside through his tireless efforts to provide instruction and presentations on all aspects of policing and the Criminal Code.


But Dave's service to the community isn't confined solely to his career as a police offer.  He is Past President and Board member of the Prince County Family Service Bureau and regularly volunteers with the St. Eleanor's Lions Club, Credit Union Place, Cancer Society and the Three Oaks & SIS breakfast programs.  And most recently, Dave has become an active member of  the Summerside Rotary Club


Dave is married to Ruby and has three children Bobby, Amy & Jody along with two Step-Sons, Keenan & Trevor.


Congratulations Chief Dave Poirier.