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.