In this year of 2017, the Government of Canada and the Senate are marking the 150th anniversary of Confederation with a year-long celebration from coast to coast to coast. Canada 150 supports the renewal of community infrastructure as well as a broad range of events and activities that highlight four pillars of the Canadian identity:
1) Diversity and Inclusion
2) Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples
3) Youth Engagement and Leadership
4) Environmental Stewardship
As part of these special commemorations, on Friday, September 17th, 2017 at the Aberdeen Cultural Centre in Moncton, the Hon. Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe and the Honourable Senator Nancy J. Hartling, Senator for New Brunswick, joined efforts in recognizing some outstanding members from their own communities.
MP Petitpas Taylor awarded twenty (20) limited edition Sesquicentennial Pins recognizing local community members who demonstrated exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to one or more of the four pillars.
Senator Hartling, for her part, awarded twelve (12) special Senate of Canada medals to extraordinary individuals, all of whom have deep roots in the Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe region but whose contributions have also had an impact throughout the province of NB.
A selection committee was created consisting of outstanding individuals, each in their own right leading members of the community, and this talented Selection Committee was tasked with identifying from all nominations, 32 deserving recipients whom the community will celebrate together for Canada 150.
All members of the community were invited to nominate individuals whom they felt were ideal candidates for this special recognition and the selection of the honourees was based on demonstrated leadership in one or more of the four pillars of the Canada 150 celebration.
The list of honourees includes:
Canada 150 Commemorative Pins
Abié Zably, Serge (Moncton)
Agnew, Glen (Moncton)
Brewer, Keith (Dieppe)
Campos, Susy (Moncton)
Carpenter, Veronica (Moncton)
Collette, Daniel (Moncton)
Crossman-Riel, Marilyn (Moncton)
Doiron, Sarah (Moncton)
Doucet, Armand (Dieppe)
Gallant, Mike (Dieppe)
Griffin, Lisa (Moncton)
Holder, Garth (Moncton)
Hussein, Olivier (Dieppe)
Kehoe, Hughena (Ena) (Riverview
Kehoe, Thomas (the late) (Riverview)
MacMichael, Angela (Moncton)
Melvin, Jeff (Riverview)
Michaud, David (Moncton)
Musgrave, Patty (Moncton)
Owen, David (Riverview)
Pringle-Carver, Courtney (Moncton)
Senate of Canada Medals
Adenuga, Olabisi (Lutes Mountain)
Adenuga, Olugbenga (Lutes Mountain)
Belliveau, Leo (Moncton)
Calhoun, Sue (Moncton)
Cyr (Warman), Debbie (Moncton)
Dobrovolskyi, Igor (Moncton)
Gallant, Olivia (Riverview)
Hay, Eldon (the late) (Sackville)
James-Bélanger, Susan (Riverview)
Melanson-Hébert, Debbie (Moncton)
Poirier, Chantal (Memramcook)
Schofield, Rebecca (Becca) (Riverview)
Timani, Mike (Moncton)
“I believe that these 32 individuals through their dedication, selflessness, devotion to public service and to serving the greater good represent everything that is truly great about our region. As an MP, I’m forever boasting to my colleagues throughout the country that I represent some amazing people in Parliament, some of the finest in Canada, in fact. These honourees are absolutely living proof of that.”
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Member of Parliament, Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe
“As Canadians we celebrate 150 years since Confederation in 1867. Today is a very special day as we recognize many unsung heroes, those people – the change makers – who make a difference. On behalf of the Senate, I would like to express my sincere appreciation for all that you do and continue to do for a better Canada and our community.”
The Hon. Senator Nancy J. Hartling, Senator, New Brunswick
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION FOR HONOUREES
CANADA 150 COMMEMORATIVE PINS
ABIÉ ZABLY, SERGE (MONCTON)
NOMINATOR: MAHAMADOU DOUARÉ
Serge Abié Zably was a volunteer host with the French Conversation Circle at the Moncton Public Library and since 2014 is involved with CAFI and is a member of their Board of Directors. Last year, he became President of the International Student Association at the Université de Moncton and created a project matching international students with Canadian families in order to help with their settlement and integration. This year Serge was awarded a prize from the Université de Moncton for his volunteer involvement and he is currently VP of CKUM Radio.
AGNEW, GLEN (MONCTON)
NOMINATOR: JOSH ASTLE
Glen Agnew has a deep rooted passion for supporting individuals with an intellectual disability and has been a pillar in the Special Olympics movement here in New Brunswick for nearly 40 years. Through his work in various leadership roles within the organization, Special Olympics NB is now seen as a national leader and leads all provinces in athlete and volunteer growth.
BREWER, KEITH (DIEPPE)
NOMINATOR: ART CUTHBERTSON
Keith Brewer is a veteran and retired engineer who is now a dedicated volunteer with various community organizations. A 40 year member of the Royal Canadian Legion and 9 year member of the Dieppe Military Veterans Association, Mr. Brewer has donated generously of his time serving as chairman of the fundraising committee at the RCL Legion Branch #6 that raised over $115,000 towards the purchase of a new mobility access vehicle for use by veterans at the Veterans Health Centre in Moncton. He also serves as a volunteer web developer and webmaster for web sites for both the RCL and the Dieppe Military Veterans Association.
CAMPOS, SUSY (MONCTON)
NOMINATOR: DAWN ARNOLD
Susy Campos is a three-time recipient of the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award through her tremendous work with the Moncton West and Riverview Rotary Club, of which she was also a past president, and she is also a former recipient of the Rotarian of the Year award. Since 2009, she has worked very hard to promote Rotary International’s Youth Exchange Program as a volunteer youth exchange officer for the club. In addition, she has given her time generously to the Moncton HeadStart Foundation, the Greater Moncton SPCA, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Moncton, the CNIB, Youth Impact Jeunesse and many other valuable causes.
CARPENTER, VERONICA (MONCTON)
NOMINATOR: DAWN ARNOLD
Veronica Carpenter is a committed community builder who has volunteered her whole life, but when she heard that Moncton would be receiving a large group of Syrian newcomers in January 2016, she took her leadership skills to a whole new level. Since then, she has been involved in so many initiatives to integrate the newcomers and make them feel welcome in our community, everything from working with volunteers at the Red Cross to make hygiene bags, cleaning supply bags and basic food staple kits for these newcomers, all while making her home the unofficial depot for all of the donations that came flooding in from throughout the community. She’s also organized activities for newcomers like dance, yoga, Zumba and soccer so these new Canadians would feel right at home in our community.
COLLETTE, DANIEL (MONCTON)
NOMINATOR: MICHEL C. BELLIVEAU
Daniel Collette was born with cerebral palsy but his parents felt it was important that he be allowed to develop to his maximum potential, so as a result he has truly defied the odds medically. While he has a visual handicap and some mobility issues, thanks to his determination and thirst for knowledge, he received his high school diploma before embarking on his lifelong dream to become a radio announcer at CJSE Radio Beauséjour, where he recently celebrated his 10th anniversary as the host of Mardis en Acadie. Now a true radio star in Southeast NB, Daniel sits on several provincial boards and has even received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal from the former Lieutenant Governor Grayden Nicholas, with whom he has since developed a close friendship.
CROSSMAN-RIEL, MARILYN (MONCTON)
NOMINATOR: AURÉA CORMIER
Marilyn Crossman-Riel is the Chairperson of the Moncton Chapter of the Common Front for Social Justice, a non-profit organization celebrating its 20th anniversary and that advocates for people living in poverty in our region. Her tireless work on behalf of her less fortunate clients has helped countless people move out of poverty and onto the road to financial independence and a renewed sense of self-worth.
DOIRON, SARAH (MONCTON)
NOMINATOR: DEBBY WARREN
Sarah Doiron has been working as SIDA/AIDS Moncton’s Safe Spaces Coordinator since 2013, striving to create a safe and inclusive community for LGBTQ+ youth. Her strength is her ability to connect with people from all walks of life who are able to work in partnership to educate, inform and effect change. She exemplifies leadership and is a key role model for LGBTQ+ youth because she encourages and inspires them to be “their authentic selves” every day.
DOUCET, ARMAND (DIEPPE)
NOMINATOR: NADINE LARCHE
Armand Doucet is a teacher, a coach and a dedicated volunteer, and in everything he does, he gives it absolutely everything he has. Through his work in founding the Ironwill Foundation, whose ultimate aim is to make our society healthier, and on to the incredible work he put in organizing the inaugural Three Fathers Memorial Run which has now grown into an annual event that donates thousands of dollars in youth scholarships every year, Mr. Doucet sets a positive example for our youth by showing that anything is possible not just by doing incredible feats himself, but also by making our youth participate and reach great heights of their own.
GALLANT, MIKE (DIEPPE)
NOMINATOR: CYPRIEN OKANA
Known to the African community of Greater Moncton simply as “African Mike”, Mike Gallant has been actively involved with the integration and adaptation of our newcomers for over 30 years working closely with students of African descent on issues like transportation and housing and also organizing with them various social and cultural activities. In fact, he contributed to the creation of an African Youth Choir which started at Glad Tidings Church in Moncton, often accompanying them on trips throughout Atlantic Canada where they performed. Mr. Gallant has helped to write the story of the African community in the Greater Moncton Area; he knows every African by name and is always available to lend them a hand. He is a true humanist and a great promoter of social inclusion and diversity.
GRIFFIN, LISA (MONCTON)
NOMINATOR: DAWN ARNOLD
Lisa Griffin is an inspiring young woman in our community who through her work as the co-director of the annual Inspire Festival created a first of its kind eco-festival model in Atlantic Canada that is sure to set an example of environmental stewardship for years to come. Specifically, Ms. Griffin worked to divert more than 1 ton of plastic waste from a landfill in the creation of a 3D mural on a wall along the Petitcodiac Riverfront Trail featuring the endangered NB wood turtle. She also created a zero-waste craft beer village as part of the Festival through the implementation of Eco Cups, an action which prevented close to 2,000 single-use plastic cups from going into our landfills.
HOLDER, GARTH (MONCTON)
NOMINATOR: HEATH JOHNSON
Garth Holder has been a Scout Leader in Greater Moncton for over 30 years and is known throughout the Maritimes for his innovative and engaging scout programs. He has helped hundreds of youth set personal goals and overcome challenges while becoming strong, capable leaders. During 2016-2017, Garth organized all of the activities at the Canadian National Scout Jamboree in Elderbank, NS, that was attended and enjoyed by over 5,500 participants from across the world.
HUSSEIN, OLIVIER (DIEPPE)
NOMINATORS: NICOLLE BOUCHER
Olivier Hussein is a young immigrant from the Ivory Coast who has quickly adjusted to life in Canada and to his new culture by participating in numerous committees, such as the International Youth Committee at l’École l’Odyssée, the CAFI, Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge and the International Student Association at the Université de Moncton. He is also a volunteer at the House of Nazareth in Moncton, and travelled to the Ivory Coast this past July as part of Canada’s volunteer delegation at the Francophonie Games.
KEHOE, HUGHENA & KEHOE, THOMAS (THE LATE) (RIVERVIEW)
NOMINATOR: PATTI TRITES
Tom Kehoe was a committed community volunteer, and everywhere he went, his loving wife Ena was sure to be right there with him, making them a volunteer force to be reckoned with in our community. This dynamic team gave generously of their time to the Codiac Regional RCMP’s Tri-Community Volunteers, the Albert County Food Bank and the RCMP Pipes and Drums Band to name just a few. Tom’s enthusiasm and devotion to such causes was contagious and inspiring to everyone he met. Tragically, Tom Kehoe passed away on August 2nd of this year and the Selection Committee has seen fit to award this recognition posthumously.
MacMICHAEL, ANGELA (MONCTON)
NOMINATOR: BEN MacMICHAEL
Angela MacMichael has spent her entire professional career of 25+ years making newcomers feel welcome to Canada. She has worked in both Manitoba and NB teaching English and life skills to newcomers and her influence has been felt at the community level, the provincial level as well as the national level through being a lead developer for the Canadian Language Benchmarks curriculum.
MELVIN, JEFF (RIVERVIEW)
NOMINATOR: GISELLE ARSENAULT
Jeff Melvin is the troop scoutmaster for the 1st Moncton Baden Powell Service Association (BPSA) Explorer troop, as well as the provincial commissioner for the BPSA. Having dedicated the majority of his life to volunteering in the scouting movement, Mr. Melvin is passionate about involving youth in scouting, sharing his knowledge and creating unforgettable adventures for them while helping guide them to becoming well rounded, helpful, environmentally conscious and kind individuals.
MICHAUD, DAVID (MONCTON)
NOMINATORS: PHILIPPE ROUSSELLE
Since being named Branch Manager at the Banque Nationale (Main St. Moncton), David Michaud has made incredible efforts to recruit employees from all over the world, the result of which is that the Main St. Branch now serves clients in eight different languages. Named Cultural Diversity Champion in 2016, he is always proud to demonstrate the importance of cultural diversity in the Greater Moncton Area and is a perfect example of how employers can encourage their employees as well as actively participate with many different associations within our community.
MUSGRAVE, PATTY (MONCTON)
NOMINATOR: DEBBIE WARMAN
Patty Musgrave has been actively involved with the Moncton Sex Workers Action Group, the Westmorland Violence Prevention Network and also worked as an Indigenous Student Advisor at NBCC where she was the Coordinator of the Sisters in Spirit Vigil for Moncton, helping to create awareness about violence against Indigenous women and keeping the memory of the missing murdered indigenous women alive in our community. Her efforts towards our reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in our region are remarkable and truly commendable.
OWEN, DAVID (RIVERVIEW)
NOMINATOR: TAMMY RAMPERSAUD
As President of the Riverview Arts Centre (RAC), David Owen has been instrumental in ensuring that the RAC inspires a passion for the arts while enriching the cultural life of the local community by ensuring that the delivery of its programming is consistent with the varying cultural backgrounds of its patrons. He’s also worked very hard to create opportunities for youth by hiring many students and providing them with experience and knowledge that will open many doors for them in the future. Additionally, as the Executive Director of the Lions Sick Children’s Fund for many years, Mr. Owen works tirelessly to fundraise and aid many families with children battling disease heading up major events such as the Dragon Boat Racing in Greater Moncton, and the Inside Ride with Sears National Kids Cancer Ride.
PRINGLE-CARVER, COURTNEY (MONCTON)
NOMINATOR: DAWN ARNOLD
Courtney Pringle-Carver is a name that is synonymous with community involvement in the Greater Moncton Area. Through her work on behalf of numerous causes within our community from the NB Adoption Foundation, the YWCA TransitionElle Campaign, the Canadian Cancer Society, SIDA/AIDS Moncton and numerous others, she has impacted countless lives. For example in 2016, she served as Chair of the Daffodil Ball for the Canadian Cancer Society and under her leadership, the sold-out event set attendance records and raised $130,000 for cancer research and services in the province.
SENATE OF CANADA 150 MEDALS
ADENUGA, OLABISI & ADENUGA, OLUGBENGA (LUTES MOUNTAIN)
NOMINATOR: ARISTIDE BOUNGOU
Olugbenga and Olabisi Adenuga have contributed positively to the lives of hundreds of immigrant families in New Brunswick and continue to do so. They have supported newcomers from over twenty different nationalities to become integrated members of the community. Dr. Adenuga also supervised a project in collaboration with MAGMA called Refugee Health Moncton, a program designed to help improve the health of government-assisted refugees in Moncton.
BELLIVEAU, LEO (MONCTON)
NOMINATOR: DANIEL LEBLANC
Leo Belliveau is a committed volunteer and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Moncton. He played a pivotal role in the development of new programs and services and dedicated himself early on towards the piloting of reputed initiatives such as the Compass and Reach programs. Both of these were the first steps towards a multifaceted service delivery approach for the Club. This new approach was designed to reach various children and youths’ needs, while providing young people with full transportation services to and from the Club. Today that service delivery is called Momentum and it serves over 1,200 children and youth.
CALHOUN, SUE (MONCTON)
NOMINATOR: DEBBY WARREN
Sue Calhoun has been involved in issues of diversity, inclusion and social justice all her life. This
has been demonstrated through her efforts as co-founder of the Kitchener-Waterloo Women’s
Centre in the early 1970s, and various board positions such as the Atlantic Board of Directors of
OXFAM-Canada and several roles with the Canadian Federation of Business & Professional
Women. She has worked to improve the relationship between Anglophone and Francophone
communities in New Brunswick and most recently was a Community Development Officer for the Greater Moncton Homelessness Steering Committee.
CYR (WARMAN), DEBBIE (MONCTON)
NOMINATOR: PATTY MUSGRAVE
Debbie Warman, a member of the Elsipogtog First Nation, was one of the main drivers behind
having the film “Water Warriors” presented at Festival Inspire in the park. As a land and water
steward, Debbie was instrumental in preventing fracking wastewater from being dumped in
Riverview to ensure that our land and water were kept clean during the 2013 Shale Gas
expansion. She worked with the IWK and Down’s syndrome awareness community and
believes in engaging and educating youth and therefore has done cultural outreach at the Riverview Middle School.
DOBROVOLSKIY, IGOR (MONCTON)
NOMINATOR: SUSAN CHALMERS-GAUVIN
Igor Dobrovolskiy arrived in Moncton with his wife in 2000, looking for a chance for a new life in Canada due to the economic collapse of Ukraine. Now a proud Canadian citizen he has co-led the creation of the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada and has put the community on the map
internationally with over 70 original works created here in Moncton. Recently approached by
NB indigenous communities-among them Elder Imelda Perley- to join them in honouring the missing and murdered indigenous women, Igor is adapting his ballet “Ghosts of Violence” to include indigenous artists, symbols and music.
GALLANT, OLIVIA (RIVERVIEW)
NOMINATOR: JERRY KIRKPATRICK
Olivia Gallant first started volunteering when she was seven years old, alongside her father at
the Riverview Lions Club. Over the years she has participated in numerous Lion’s projects and
has dedicated hundreds of hours in the community. Not yet old enough to be an official Lioness,
she is a recognized Associate Volunteer of the Riverview Lions Club and is this year’s co-chair of the Riverview Lions Club Pancake Breakfast fundraisers.
HAY, ELDON (SACKVILLE)
NOMINATOR: JOSELYN O’CONNOR
Reverend Eldon Hay was a Professor with the Religious Studies Department at Mount Allison
University for 35 years. He was the first president of PFLAG Canada and helped establish several
chapters throughout Atlantic Canada. With his continued advocacy of LGBTQ+ inclusion, service
as a minister of the United Church, scholarship on religion, and his work as a University
educator, Eldon has already been recognized with the annual Human Rights Award (in 1997) and was named to the Order of Canada in 2004.
JAMES-BÉLANGER, SUSAN (RIVERVIEW)
NOMINATOR: JACQUES BÉLANGER
Susan James-Belanger is a supply teacher, a soccer coach with Riverview Soccer, a Girl Guide
leader with the 2nd Riverview Girl Guides, and most notably has recently taken on the role of
Deputy District Commissioner of the Tidewater area within the Girl Guides Association. She is an
excellent role model for youth in the community and is well known for promoting inclusion, self-
esteem, and empowerment through community service to the girls in her unit.
MELANSON-HEBERT, DEBBIE (MONCTON)
NOMINATOR: PATRICIA WINANS
Debbie Melanson-Hebert has worked tirelessly for over thirty-five years, to make her
community and society a better place by empowering others. Through the programs that she
developed and delivered to groups, families and individuals, she is a change agent in the lives of
countless persons. She embraces her roles of volunteer and life-coach with passion and
POIRIER, CHANTAL (MEMRAMCOOK)
NOMINATOR: MYRIAM MEKNI
Chantal Poirier is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion. Since she started as the Executive
Director of the Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area (MAGMA), she has been
on a mission to connect newcomers, refugees, and immigrants, to the community. She
continues to champion multiculturalism in New Brunswick and works hard to ensure all
newcomers are well integrated and on the right track to fully become independent Canadian citizens.
SCHOFIELD, REBECCA (BECCA) (RIVERVIEW)
Last year, Rebecca (Becca) Schofield was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Upon receiving this
news, Becca shared with her family her wish that that people would perform acts of kindness
towards one another. What started small, between family and friends, has grown to be a
worldwide movement of people performing random acts of kindness towards one-another.
Through the hashtag #BeccaToldMeTo, she is able to see her wish of people performing acts of
kindness come true as they post these to social media. Through her actions and her commitment to create more kindness, Becca continues to inspire and motivate others.
TIMANI, MIKE (MONCTON)
NOMINATOR: SHARMA ADAIR
Mike Timani has been a strong advocate for newcomers in Moncton, employing individuals from
12 different countries through his business (Fancy Pokket Corporation) and helping them in any
way that he can; including assisting them with permanent resident applications. He is President
of the Lebanese Association and of the New Brunswick Multicultural Council, he is also an active
member of the board of directors of the Multicultural Association of Greater Moncton. In
2015/2016, through his role with the NB Multicultural Council and MAGMA he contributed tremendously to the settlement of Syrian refugees in our community.