The Association of Municipal Administrators of New Brunswick

recipients 2013 1Paul-Émile Chiasson Co-Chair of Dialogue Nouveau-Brunswick, Jennifer Whitehead Co-Chair of Dialogue Nouveau-Brunswick, Honourable Graydon Nicholas Lieutenant-Gouvernor and Peter Michaud from the Association of Municipal Administrators of New Brunswick.

For the past 37 years, the Association of Municipal Administrators of New Brunswick/Association des administrateurs municipaux du Nouveau-Brunswick has rallied its members around its mission. This professional association is committed to the training and development of English and French municipal administrators to enable them to provide outstanding administrative services within their respective municipalities.

In 1977, at its first annual general meeting, the Association focused on excellence in municipal administration through professional development, information and ideas and the fostering of partnership. The founders of the Association recognized the importance of sustained commitment from both linguistic communities to ensure the success of this new bilingual organization. The Association's by-laws attest to this by stipulating that French and English are its official languages.

Despite some trends in recent years to organize separate Francophone and Anglophone groups, the AMANB’s core values and founders' vision continue to rally municipal administrators under one roof. The members' perseverance and sustained commitment deserve to be recognized and celebrated.

fredkid and the Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne

recipients 2013 2Paul-Émile Chiasson Co-Chair of Dialogue Nouveau-Brunswick, Jennifer Whitehead Co-Chair of Dialogue Nouveau-Brunswick, Honourable Graydon Nicholas Lieutenant-Gouvernor, Dominique Legault-Moore from fredkid and Thierry Arseneau from the Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne

"A dream partnership between two distinct entities." That's how the collaboration between fredkid and the Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne is defined.

fredkid is a non-profit organization that provides resources to families in the Fredericton area and creates links between its members and organizations in the broader community. The Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne is the first school-community complex in Canada and the ideal place to live in French in the capital region.

In recent years, these two non-profit organizations have worked together to pursue common values. At the heart of their alliance is the connection between the Anglophone and Francophone communities in the Fredericton area. Their collaboration has created many opportunities for sharing, harmony, respect, memories and laughter between the two linguistic communities. This cooperative effort has proved deep and lasting, as testified by its success and positive influence in the community.

The close partnership has led to powerful mutual enrichment and continues to strengthen the social fabric of the community. As they take part in activities, the children of Francophone and Anglophone communities have fun and grow together in simple, warm and natural harmony, focusing on the bonds they share rather than on linguistic differences.

New Brunswick Massotherapy Association

recipients 2013 3Paul-Émile Chiasson Co-Chair of Dialogue Nouveau-Brunswick , Jennifer Whitehead Co-Chair of Dialogue Nouveau-Brunswick, Honourable Graydon Nicholas Lieutenant-Gouvernor, Joni Wodlinger and Jean-Francois Sirois from the New Brunswick Massotherapy Association

The New Brunswick Massotherapy Association/Association de massothérapie du Nouveau-Brunswick is a bilingual association that has evolved from a strong desire to serve its members in both official languages. Although the road leading to this new reality was not always smooth, harmonious solutions were identified and success was achieved through sustained dialogue and determination.

Today, thanks to these efforts, both French and English members benefit from the services of their professional association. Members demonstrate respect for their peers and appreciation of their linguistic and cultural differences through regional workshops, by offering courses in both languages and by providing opportunities for interaction to enhance mutual appreciation.

As one member eloquently testifies: "There is a more expanded view and willingness to travel to different places. Now our courses and meetings often sway and flow from one language to another, always respectful of each member’s right to work, play and think in their choice of one of New Brunswick’s Official Languages."