The Ontario Co-operative Association

The Ontario Co-operative Association

October 20, 2005 16:31 ET

Ayr farmer recognized as Ontario's Distinguished Co-operator

GUELPH, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 20, 2005) - A world-class statesman farms in Ayr, Ontario. Bert Perriman was recognized as Ontario's Distinguished Co-operator at the 7h Annual SPIRIT awards as part of the Co-op Week Gala held in Burlington, ON, last night.

Perriman was nominated by Waterloo-Oxford Co-operative Inc. board of directors which thanked him for his leadership of the board and another co-operative board from 1980 to 2004. Perriman has also been a spokesman for Ontario farmers in the GROWMARK System, which came to Ontario in 1994 from the Midwest United States.

"Mr. Perriman has demonstrated his ability to be a leader time and time again," says nomination supporter Ken Mudry, former general manager of Waterloo-Oxford Co-op. Mudry notes that Perriman and his family are successful, innovative farmers during times of change. "Bert brings his experience to help guide and lead times a very challenging role." The board of directors adds that his advice is valued highly.

Perriman has been a leader in many other organizations including the Waterloo Region Pork Producers Association, Waterloo Region Plowing Match Association, World Plowing Match (2003), Waterloo Needs Committee of Ontario Agriculture Training Institute (1994), and Waterloo Region Plowing Match Association (1990-1995). He was a graduate of the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program and traveled to China as part of his study.

He and his wife Linda and a son operate a 750-acre cash crop and 2,400-head-per-year hog finishing farm.

On Co-op is a primary resource and common voice for the development and enhancement of co-ops and credit unions in Ontario. Through membership in On Co-op, co-operatives and credit unions access programs and services in lifelong co-operative learning; government relations; communications and member relations; and co-operative development. Visit

For additional information on the Co-operative SPIRIT Recognition Awards, or the economic impact of Ontario co-operatives, contact Mark Ventry, Member Services and Marketing Officer, On Co-op. 519.763.8271 ext. 30 or 1.888.745.5571.

Contact Information

  • On Co-op.
    Mark Ventry
    Member Services and Marketing Officer
    (519) 763-8271 ext. 30 or 1 (888) 745-5571