PLANTAGENET – Lyse Perrault and Denis Perrault from Navan were honoured Thurs., March 22, by the Union des cultivateurs franco-ontariens, which presented the 11th Pierre-Bercier Excellence in Agriculture Award to the couple as part of the UCFO’s Agro et Franco congress at the Plantagenet community hall. They are being recognized for their outstanding community involvement.

The Vignoble du Domaine Perrault in Navan is increasingly well known. But before he became a winegrower, Denis Perrault was a dairy producer – which he still is today. In addition to his passion for agriculture, Perrault has played different roles in many associations since 1998, namely:

  • President of the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association;
  • President of the South Nation Conservation;
  • President of the Conseil communautaire du Collège d’Alfred;
  • President of the Comité de recherche du Collège d’Alfred;
  • Founding member of the Fondation du Collège d’Alfred;
  • President of the Association pour le développement rural international;
  • President and founder of the Association des viticulteurs de l’Est de l’Ontario;
  • Member of the Board of directors of the Montfort Hospital Foundation;
  • Council member of the Eastern Ontario Training Board.

“On many occasions, Denis has been the symbol of the Francophone cause within the farming community,” said Simon Durand, executive director of UCFO. “His contribution to his community is invaluable. Undoubtedly, Lyse and Denis have shown dedication and a boundless passion for agriculture.”

Recipient Lyse Perrault said, “We are honoured to receive this award. In general, we are looking to the future, not the past. But sometimes, you have got to pause and look at what you’ve done and remember why you’ve done that.”