Five people named to the Order of New Brunswick this year

Five new people will be invested into the Order of New Brunswick this month, according to an announcement by the province on Wednesday.

The list of this year’s recipients comes out two weeks before a ceremony on Nov. 23 at Government House in Fredericton.

“It is a great honour to have the opportunity each year to announce the names of the new recipients of the Order of New Brunswick,” said Premier Blaine Higgs in a news release.

“These exceptional and extraordinarily generous individuals all share a desire to improve people’s lives in their community, their region and their province.”

The 2023 inductees into the Order of New Brunswick are:

  • Catherine Akagi, of Saint Andrews, is being recognized for an outstanding commitment to education, advocacy for First Nations and extraordinary community engagement.
  • J.W. Bud Bird, of Fredericton, has been honoured for a lifetime of business, political and charitable activities, which have contributed meaningfully to New Brunswick and Canada.
  • Isabelle McKee-Allain, of Dieppe, will receive the order for a profound commitment and exceptional career as an advocate of women’s equality, social justice, and francophone and Acadian culture.
  • Joanne E. McLeod, of Fredericton, has been recognized for a 60-year dedication to improving conditions for people with disabilities.
  • Bernard Poirier, of Dieppe, is being honoured for his enthusiasm, dedication and exceptional support of a dynamic francophone cultural and community life, and protecting the rights of francophones.

“It is with the greatest admiration that I congratulate and thank each of these individuals who, later this month, will be awarded our province’s highest civilian honour,” said Higgs.

Established in 2000, the Order of New Brunswick recognizes people who have shown a high level of excellence and achievement in their field.

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