Standing, from left: Sister Adèle Morin, from Petit-Rocher; Dr. Réjean Thomas, from Tilley Road; Thaddeus Holownia, from Sackville; Kevin Vickers, from Miramichi (Chatham); Gary Gould, from Fredericton; Rev. Brent Hawkes, from Bath; and Camille Albert, from Fredericton. Seated, from left: Marlene Unger, from Fredericton; Carol Loughrey, from Fredericton; the chancellor of the order, Lt.-Gov. Jocelyne Roy Vienneau; Premier Brian Gallant; and Sister Arleen Brawley, from Saint John.
Ten accomplished individuals were invested into the Order of New Brunswick this week by the chancellor of the order, Lt.-Gov. Jocelyne Roy Vienneau, at a ceremony at Government House in Fredericton.
“Today we celebrate these outstanding New Brunswickers, their many accomplishments and countless contributions to the economic, cultural and social fabric of our province,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “Through their actions and community involvement, these women and men have demonstrated their commitment to our province and have made a real difference.”
The new members are:
- Camille Albert, from Fredericton, for his leadership as an entrepreneur, his support of the francophone community in the capital area, and for his dedication to innumerable community organizations.
- Sister Arleen Brawley, from Saint John, for her outstanding leadership in helping women recover from addictions of all kinds.
- Gary Gould, from Fredericton, for his contribution toward the social, cultural and economic well-being of off-reserve aboriginal people during the last 40 years.
- Rev. Brent Hawkes, from Bath, for his leadership in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights during the past 37 years.
- Thaddeus Holownia, from Sackville, for his internationally-recognized work as a photographer and visual artist during the past 35 years.
- Carol Loughrey, from Fredericton, for her dedication as a champion of and role model for women in business, academia and government during the last 40 years.
- Sister Adèle Morin, from Petit-Rocher, for her work on behalf of children with intellectual and physical disabilities in northeastern New Brunswick during the past 40 years.
- Dr. Réjean Thomas, from Tilley Road, for his outstanding contribution as a physician, missionary, humanitarian and activist for nearly three decades, including his support for and treatment of persons with sexually-transmitted infections.
- Marlene Unger, from Fredericton, for her tireless work during the past 30 years for human rights, social justice and education, including her promotion of awareness of the Holocaust and her relentless fight against anti-Semitism.
- Kevin Vickers, from Miramichi (Chatham), for his dedication to service during his long career with the RCMP and, especially, for his selfless courage as Sergeant-at-Arms at the House of Commons.
The Order of New Brunswick was established in 2000 to recognize individuals who have demonstrated a high level of excellence and achievement in their particular field. Since 2002, more than 130 accomplished individuals have been invested with the order for their dedication and service to the province, its people and communities.
“As appointees to the Order of New Brunswick, these individuals represent the very best of our province and contribute greatly to our goal of making New Brunswick the best place to live, work and raise a family,” said Gallant.
The 2015 inductees were presented with a medal representing the provincial flower and the shield of arms as well as a special ribbon in the same colours as the shield. Members of the order are entitled to use the initials ONB after their names.