Emerson MLA Cliff Graydon presented former RM of De Salaberry reeve Ferdinand Berard with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his life long service to the community.
By Marianne Curtis
On October 30, Emerson MLA Cliff Graydon recognized former RM of De Salaberry reeve Ferdinand Berard with a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Berard was recognizes for his many years of service within the RM of De Salaberry after spending a total of thirty-five years on council. He spent fourteen years as an RM of De Saleberry councillor and then as reeve from 1974-1995.
“During Ferns tenure as councillor and reeve, he showed exemplary leadership and vision for the future of the municipality as a whole,” stated Graydon. “Examples of his leadership and vision are obvious that he realized in order for the communities within the municipality to grow, that most should have adequate supply of water and he brought water to St. Malo, Otterburne and Dufrost; He also brought natural gas to the communities.”
Not only has Berard served on council for the municipality but he is also active on the St. PierreHospital board and local school board.
“He was a strong supporter and advocate of the St. Pierre Veterinary Clinic and was able to garner support from surrounding municipalities to have it built in St. Pierre,” Graydon added. “Not only was he able to guide many different councils of De Salaberry successfully, he also was able to maintain a cordial working relationship with bordering municipalities all for a common goal.”
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.