Alain Therrien

 

I’m Alain Therrien. I grew up on a dairy farm in Sainte-Brigitte-des-Saults, in the Centre-du-Québec region. I am passionate about dairy cows.

After studying at Laval University in Bio-Agronomy, specializing in zootechnics, I worked as a technical advisor in crop and livestock production. After a few years, I realized a dream of becoming a dairy farmer. Ferme Halther was established in Sainte-Clotilde-de-Horton, in the Bois-Francs region. Meanwhile, a marriage, followed by the birth of my two beautiful daughters, allowed me to know the joys of fatherhood. The following years were punctuated by questioning, both personal and professional. An opportunity has arisen: to teach in crop and livestock production and the dairy farm was sold. In the same year, I acquired a renowned vegetable farm in Trois-Rivières, which was sold since. I also lived during this period the sufferings of a divorce, and in parallel, the freedom to finally live my homosexuality.

Today, I live with an exceptional spouse for more than ten years. I have been involved in Fierté Agricole since its foundation. At first I wondered about the impact on my family and my two daughters. I understand people who hesitate to reveal their homosexuality. It is the fear that comes from outside, fear of being judged and cataloged, which causes barriers. Fortunately, I did not have to experience any unpleasant incidents. I know this is not the case for everyone.

For the years to come, I wish Fierté Agricole to flourish throughout the province in the rural and agricultural environment. And why not, outside of it.