Ron Bernard

 

Ron was born in the Spring of 1937, in the home of his maternal grandparents ,Frank and Margaret Jane Baptiste Pessindawatch, on Golden Lake Indian Reserve #39 (now called Pikwakanagan).
Completed Grade 10 at Golden Lake Indian Day School, a one-room schoolhouse on the Reserve, where one teacher taught all students in Grades 1 through Grade 10.

Ron attended Grade 11 at St. Columba High in Pembroke and later, Radio College of Canada in Toronto where he earned a Second Class Certificate of Proficiency in Radio. This was followed by an enjoyable 35-year career in radio communications with Transport Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard at various worksites in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and Northwest Territories.

Upon retirement in July 1992, Ron returned to Pikwakanagan and built a new home on the beautiful site where, in 1957 his grandfather Matt Bernard built his famous 36-foot Birch Bark Canoe.
Ron accepted a nomination and won the Spring by-election for Councillor in 1994, and was again elected in each of the next five consecutive two-year terms. These 11 years brought Ron’s total to 46 years of service to others so, opting to take time for family, he decided not to run in the 2005 election.

Currently, having had six years of “quite time”, being very fortunate in the enjoyment of good health, with a desire to remain active and (hopefully) productive, Ron is again an elected member of Council. He holds the Portfolios: Language, Culture & Archaeology; and Health, and is the Alternate on the Finance, Personnel & General Administration Portfolio.

Since 2000, Ron is the President of Omamiwinini Pimadjwowin / The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre which is a creation of Council, a not-for-profit Corporation, and a Charity with the Mission: “To revitalize, reintegrate, enhance and protect the cultural traditions, customs, practices, heritage, language and arts of the Algonquin Nation”.