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, MLA St. Norbert
July 2, 2013

Jeanne Perreault

Mr. Speaker, as people from all over Winnipeg are coming out to visit St. Norbert's most beloved spots, the farmers' market, the Trappist Monastery Ruins and the unique heritage buildings of Place St. Norbert, I would like to pay a tribute to the woman who helped make it all possible.

Ms. Jeanne Perreault passed away five years ago, but her lasting impacts are still resonating throughout our community. While I didn't have the privilege of knowing Ms. Jeanne Perreault in life, I know that St. Norbert would not be the vibrant, independent community it is today without many of her years of advocacy and leadership. Jeanne taught at St. John's-Ravenscourt for 35 years, but her involvement with the community did not end there. She volunteered with Pregnancy Distress Service for over 25 years. She was a school trustee with the Seine River School Division, served on the Fort Garry Library board and was a long-time member of the Catholic Women's League.

Jeanne was the kind of person who, when she saw a need, would not stop until that need was fulfilled. In 1979 she helped found Heritage St. Norbert to protect our area's heritage and culture. Her tireless efforts were crucial in securing the property that is now used for the farmers' market and many unique heritage buildings, including the Metis log house dating from the late 1800s and a timber frame structure housing of a Red River ox cart displaying an effigy in memory of Jeanne Perreault.

She served as the president of Heritage St. Norbert for many years and won several awards during her life, including the Prix Manitoba Award for Heritage in 1996.

Jeanne Perreault was an extraordinary woman who was proud of her French and Metis heritage and lived most of her life in St. Norbert. As she liked to say: We started out a small canoe, but we have now become an ocean liner.

The life of Jeanne Perreault is proof that one determined person can make a difference.

Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.