Seen here at the award ceremony on Tuesday evening representing the St-Bernard Church group are: Murielle Bourgon, president and Michel-André Lavergne - co-chair; Marc Keelan-Bishop, ambassador to the Heritage month events in French-Ontario for 2019, and Bertin Beaulieu of the RPF-O The price included a cheque for $1,000, along with a trophy.

St-Bernard Church in Fournier wins Roger-Bernard heritage prize

The parish of St. Bernard’s Church in Fournier received some good news Tuesday evening, February 26, when the L’Amicale de l’église St-Bernard Church’s Table of Friends won the Roger-Bernard prize at the Réseau du patrimoine franco-ontarien (RPF-O) event in Ottawa. You may recall that The Review has been following this church and its congregation in their quest to preserve and protect what they feel is a historic gem and this – in the face of threatened closure of the church by the Roman Catholic Diocense.

The Roger-Bernard prize is awarded every two years to an organization or to a community committee which has contributed in a remarkable way to preservation and education about an important element of Franco-Ontarian history.

Created in 1998 as the Orange Prize for heritage, the award was renamed the Roger-Bernard Prize in 2000 in memory of sociologist Roger Bernard (1944-2000), renowned for his research about Franco-Ontarian communities and his concern for the future of the French language in Canada.

Le Prix Roger-Bernard est remis aux deux ans à un organisme ou un comité communautaire ayant contribué de façon remarquable à la préservation et à la mise en valeur d’un ou de plusieurs éléments du patrimoine de l’Ontario français.

Institué en 1998 sous le nom de Prix Orange du patrimoine, le Prix Roger-Bernard a été rebaptisé en 2000 afin de perpétuer la mémoire du sociologue Roger Bernard (1944-2000), chercheur renommé pour ses travaux sur la communauté franco-ontarienne et sur l’avenir de la langue française au Canada.

Louise Sproule

Louise Sproule has been the publisher of The Review since 1992. A part-time job after high school at The Review got Sproule hooked on community newspapers and all that they represent. She loves to write, has covered every kind of event you can think of, loves to organize community events and loves her small town and taking photographs across the region. She dreams of writing a book one day so she can finally tell all of the town's secrets! She must be stopped! Keep subscribing to The Review . . . or else!

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