Born in 1938 in Twillingate, Burden moved to Port Hope Simpson to teach in the early 1950s.
She married a fisherman and raised eight children. During the winter Ms. Burden would teach and during the summer she would fish with her husband.
She was an educator, leader, volunteer, counsellor, Sunday school teacher, municipal politician and businesswoman.
Burden owns and operates two businesses and served as the town's mayor for 20 years this September. She has been a recreation coordinator for the community and the Labrador Winter Games for many years.
Burden was instrumental in getting the Moulder of Dreams Pottery Shop off the ground. She also started a community garden from the waste of the hydro plant.
“Recognizing seniors for their contributions and achievements within the community is just a small way to show our appreciation,” Children, Seniors and Social Development Minister Sherry Gambin-Walsh said in a news release.
“Seniors play such an important role in shaping the lives of others, through their knowledge, experience and generosity.”
First awarded in 2009, Seniors of Distinction awards are intended to increase recognition of seniors in the province and their visibility in society.
Other recipients announced today are Augustine (Gus) Etchegary of Portugal Cove-St. Philips, Dermot (Derm) Flynn of Appleton, Leonard (Len) Simms of St. John's and Willis Whyatt of St. Carol's.
A formal ceremony to honour the winners will be held on Oct. 3.