Florida Citrus Packers honored Douglas C. Bournique with its John T. Lesley Award for Excellence at Packinghouse Day on Aug. 23. The award is the organization’s highest recognition, reserved for individuals making sustained and outstanding contributions to Florida’s fresh citrus industry. The list of recipients reads like a “who’s who” of the Florida citrus industry.
Bournique brought his talents and infectious passion to the Indian River Citrus League in 1979. For the past 39 years, he has been the face and voice of the Indian River District. He has led the charge on water, legislative, marketing and regulatory issues facing fresh Florida citrus. Proving that his impact reached beyond the Indian River District, Bournique received strong statewide recognition for his many contributions and the importance of his role in the resurrection and sustainability of fresh Florida citrus in the face of its current trials.