Our Association has the privilege of being very close to its members and able to count on their support. This year’s Ayrshire Award of Merit is given to one of those people we can always count on. For several years now, our Association’s interests have been well represented and defended by his behind-the-scene work.
Although he’s been active within Ayrshire Québec and Ayrshire Canada for several years now, his involvement has been a little greater since 2013. He had then received a phone call from Marie-Hélène Labrie, asking him to replace her on the CQRL’s Board. In order to convince him, she had told him there would only be 2 or 3 meetings maximum per year. I think he still hasn’t forgiven her.
Well, to this day, he still represents the Ayrshire breed on the CQRL’s Board. Moreover, his analytical skills, his integrity, and his listening skills rapidly promoted him to the Ciaq’s Board as well as Semex’s Board.
Jean-François Simard is always willing to take part in a small trip, a little night out, or a party. So much so that he even had to spend a bit of time in jail and it’s his boss who got him out. Rumor also has it that he’s always been very understanding and patient toward his young employees.
Pleasure for some, like his wife, Hélène, is trips to Old Orchard or Florida with the family. But for Jean-François, being out in the woods with his skidder is his ultimate pleasure.
For Jean-François’ close friends, he is the life of the party, always ready for a good joke. He is someone you can always count on for sound advise and, no matter how busy he is, he always has time to listen.
For the Ayrshire breed and all breeders in Québec, Jean-François is an exceptional leader and we all are thankful for his contribution and sacrifice.
This year’s Ayrshire Award of Merit is attributed to Jean-François Simard, a fervent supporter and advocate of our Ayrshire breed!