There are people who know how to leave an indelible mark in their path because of the altruistic gestures they take and Dr. Danielle Perreault is one of these exceptional women. After having spent practically all her life traveling in many countries, from the Far North of Quebec to the borders of Africa in order to treat the most disadvantaged, here she has just published her biography, where she tells a touching story of her adventures. humanitarian aid.
From a young age, Danielle Perreault wanted to be useful by helping others and it was medicine that made her dream possible. “I was rushing to meet different people, I’ve always had an adventurous spirit,” she says.
Although she has worked with organizations such as Médecins Sans Frontière and the Red Cross, the woman with a fascinating career describes herself more as a nomadic doctor or a convenience doctor. She cared for from village to village, often in extreme conditions, traveling by moped, mountain bike or even aboard a helicopter.
The idea of telling in a book what she experienced had been simmering in her for five years already. From her beginnings as a teacher in Togo at age 19 until the outbreak of COVID-19, Danielle Perreault recounts her experiences and those of others. She approaches tragic moments there, but in a luminous way. “This book represents 10% of what I have experienced,” indicates Danielle Perreault, who, in addition to having practiced bush medicine, has also made a name for herself as a popularizer and columnist for various media.
See misery up close
Among the places that marked it, there is in particular Haiti when Port-au-Prince was hit by Hurricane Matthew. The scene was apocalyptic and the needs were dire.
But listening to her tell her touching stories, it is undoubtedly in Nunavik, among the Cree and the Inuit of northern Quebec, where she felt she could change the situation and where she managed to forge special links, after having practiced there for ten years. “You don’t get accepted straight away, it takes time, but I loved working with them and after a few years it becomes a love story,” says Danielle Perreault, who is also a mother of two children. “There is social distress, a teenager wants to kill himself, a mother loses her son, another is beaten, these are very intense practices where psychosocial problems are very present. “
Despite all the places visited where the needs were urgent, whether in Benin, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, or even when she visited Sierra Leone during the Ebola virus epidemic , it was surprisingly in Quebec when entering a CHSLD last spring, during the pandemic, that she had a huge shock in offering her services. “I was bowled over by the situation,” she concedes.
- Danielle Perreault is Chevalière de l’Ordre national du Québec.
- She will be live for a virtual meeting, this Wednesday, November 25 at 7:30 p.m., on the Facebook page of her publisher Québec Amérique. It will be an opportunity for her to tell new stories that she was not able to write in her book. In addition, she will unveil previously unseen photos, other than those included in her biography. To attend: www.facebook.com/QuebecAmerique