Ginette Petitpas Taylor

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Ginette Petitpas Taylor

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Canada 150 Pins & Senate Medals-Nomination Process and Selection Committee



August 3, 2017


The Hon. Ginette Petitpas Taylor and Senator Nancy Hartling Release Additional Information about Nomination Process and Membership of Selection Committee for Canada 150 Pins and Medals

As part of the special commemorations surrounding the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Hon. Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe and the Honourable Senator Nancy J. Hartling, Senator for New Brunswick, are joining their efforts to recognize some outstanding members from their own communities.

As a result they are awarding limited edition pins and medals to 32 local community members who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and have made significant contributions to one or more of the four pillars of the Canadian identity.

These are:

  • Diversity and Inclusion:
    • Nominee drives positive change among the multicultural community
    • Nominee promotes and leads engagement of newcomers to the community
  • Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples:
    • Nominee advances reconciliation and renews relationships with Indigenous peoples based on recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership
    • Nominee is a leader in advancing Indigenous culture, language and literature
  • Youth Engagement and Leadership:
    • Nominee engages youth in community-based activities, giving them voice in decision making
    • Nominee is a young leader demonstrating strong community involvement and achievement
  • Environmental Stewardship:
    • Nominee demonstrates innovative ways of conserving natural resources, energy and advancing green initiatives
    • Nominee raises awareness and sets an example of exceptional environmental protection

Selection Committee:

A selection committee consisting of the following outstanding individuals, each in their own right leading members of the community, has been created and this talented Selection Committee is now being tasked with identifying from all nominations, 32 deserving recipients whom the community can celebrate together for Canada 150.

Ted Gaudet
Councillor for Ward 3, Deputy Mayor, City of Dieppe

Ted Gaudet was elected as councillor for Ward 3 during the municipal election in 2016 and also previously served as councillor for the ward from 1998-2001.

A graduate of the Université de Moncton, Councillor Gaudet is retired from the public service where he worked for the federal and provincial governments for 28 years, notably as a high-ranking official with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). He then later worked in the private sector as an advisor and entrepreneur.

He also chaired the United Way of Greater Moncton and was the founding chairman of the Dieppe International Kite Festival, the founding chairman of the Dieppe Sky-Lines Kite Club and the president of the Francophonie Village Organizing Committee as part of the Francophonie Summit.

Mr. Gaudet is married to Micheline and they are the proud parents of Charles and Jacques and grandparents of Alexandre, Cédric and Jacob.

Ann Seamans, Mayor of Riverview

Ann Seamans was re-elected in 2016 for a second term as Mayor of Riverview. Prior to being elected Riverview’s first female mayor in 2012, she served as member of Riverview Town Council for 14 years. Ann is known for her accessibility, energy, enthusiasm, and deep commitment to Riverview and its residents.

Born in Miramichi, Ann moved to Moncton from Saint John in 1976 and went on to have a highly successful career as a realtor with Royal LePage Metro from 1993 up until her retirement with the company in 2014.

Her vision for Riverview is to grow as a vibrant community that all of its citizens can be proud to call home.

Ann raised two sons (Mark and Jamie) in Riverview. She and her husband Skip Rudderham enjoy spending time with their combined family of four children and nine grandchildren.

Councillor Charles Léger, Deputy Mayor, City of Moncton

Born and raised in Moncton, Charles has a Bachelor of Sciences degree and a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Université de Moncton and is serving his second term as City Councillor in Ward 2, having been first elected in 2012. He brings to Council more than 30 years of private sector business experience in the fields of sales, marketing and management.

Throughout his career, he has worked in several cities across Canada, including Winnipeg, Mississauga, Charlottetown and Halifax. Currently, Charles is a business partner in a digital technology start-up company.

Charles continues to be an active community leader who serves on many boards and organizations. He is a passionate supporter of preserving the iconic Cathédrale-Notre-Dame-de -l’Assomption, and is president of the Friends of the Cathedral.

He believes his role as city councillor is to help enable the creation of a vibrant and prosperous City of Moncton.

He and his wife Lori (Oldford) live in Moncton’s West End.

Phylomène Zangio, Executive Director, Centre régional d’apprentissage pour adultes francophones du Sud-Est (South-East Regional Francophone Adult Learning Centre)

A woman of ideas and a woman of action, Phylomène Zangio is well-known for her community involvement, her commitment to equality for women and to professional and social inclusion for men and women immigrating to New Brunswick. She was the 2015 winner of the Black Excellence Award for outstanding influence and leadership.

She was the first co-chair of the consensus-building forum Voices of New Brunswick Women, and has served on the Board of the following organizations: Regroupement féministe du Nouveau-Brunswick, Société de l’Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick, National Coalition of Provincial and Territorial Advisory Councils on the Status of Women, Community Advisory Board on Mental Health of the Vitalité Health Network.

She was an active participant in creating a support Centre for francophone immigrants in Southeastern New Brunswick (CAFI). She was also active in the parent support committees in Moncton’s Champlain, Mascaret and Odyssée schools.

A proud mother and grand-mother, Phylomène has been living in Moncton for almost 30 years.

Lorise Simon, Social Worker

A resident of Moncton, Lorise Simon is a Micmac woman originally from Elsipogtog First Nation and who has dedicated her entire career to advocating for those who are vulnerable and at risk.

A graduate of Mount Allison University and St. Thomas University with degrees in sociology, anthropology and social work, she also holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University where she specialized in Aboriginal Studies.

She has over a decade of experience as both a social worker and counsellor, working with clients in Indigenous and Inuit communities across Canada in a variety of different therapeutic settings.

She was also presented with an Eagle Feather, a sacred symbol of strength, leadership and spiritual growth in Indigenous culture, which was bestowed to her as result of the many challenges she endured in her growth, healing and learning.

Lorise has also served on various Boards of Directors notably the Moncton Public Library and the YWCA Moncton, in addition to serving as the First Nations Representative with both the Canadian Association of Social Workers and the New Brunswick Social Workers’ Association, where she has been recognized for her outstanding dedication and leadership. She is also currently serving on the Greater Moncton Homelessness Committee’s Aboriginal Youth Homelessness’ Regional Advisory Board.

She is a proud mother of two sons, Evar and Gabriel, and she loves being a grandmother to her little Isabelle.

NOTE: The nomination period closes August 30, 2017.



“We are very fortunate to be able to rely on the expertise and input of these 5 dynamic community leaders in this very special project.  This selection committee represents a diverse cross-section of our community, and all of these individuals have demonstrated throughout their work and advocacy the qualities of leadership and citizenship that we hope to recognize and celebrate through the awarding of these medals and pins. I’m very excited to be collaborating with Senator Hartling and recognizing these outstanding community contributions from our constituents!”

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Member of Parliament, Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe

I am thrilled to collaborate with MP Petitpas Taylor, through this opportunity to recognize community leaders from Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe, by awarding them a special Senate 150 medal or a Sesquicentennial pin. Please, take a few minutes to nominate someone you think is deserving of this recognition. We are looking for individuals who, through dedication and hard work, are actively involved in making their community (town, region or province) a better, stronger, kinder, and more welcoming place!”

The Hon. Senator Nancy J. Hartling, ONB, Senate of Canada, New Brunswick

Media may contact:

Martin LeBlanc

Executive Assistant to the Member of Parliament

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, P.C.



Natalie Essiembre

Parliamentary Affairs Advisor

Office of the Honourable Senator Nancy J. Hartling

Senator, New Brunswick