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2011 Order of Moncton Recipients

  “In our second year, it is clear that Moncton is built on the generosity of exceptional citizens, and we are very pleased to honour the 2011 inductees, who have have demonstrated excellence and achievement and have made outstanding contributions to the social, cultural or economic well-being of Moncton, its residents and beyond.” Mayor George LeBlanc (October 3, 2011)


Thea BorlaseThea Borlase has had a lifetime passion for the arts. Over the past four decades, she has had a major influence on culture in New Brunswick. As an arts broadcaster with the CBC and as an administrator, she promoted and guided emerging artists from the province's two distinct linguistic communities, and was instrumental in focusing attention on the blossoming Acadian cultural scene. She has also been an active volunteer, helping to formulate an arts and culture policy for the City of Moncton, and serving on the board of the Capitol Theatre. She is widely recognized as a woman of incredible dedication and integrity, giving selflessly of her time and her person to the advancement of creativity through the performing arts. Of her many honours, she was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2007 and received the Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Arts at the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards ceremony in 2001. 

Ruben CohenReuben Cohen is a successful lawyer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Many organizations and institutions in Moncton have gained from his passion, leadership and generosity. Having benefitted from the YMCA’s services as a youngster, he became one of its most prolific supporters, later becoming the President of the YMCA Foundation. As honourary chairman of the YMCA capital campaign committee, he was instrumental in helping raise the funds needed to build its new facility. He also played a role in staging the Sommet de la Francophonie in Moncton in 1999. After establishing a fund for the Université de Moncton art gallery with his late wife Louise to help acquire an impressive collection of art work, including the largest collection of Acadian art in the country, the University renamed it the Galerie d’art Louise et Reuben Cohen in their honour. He currently serves as honourary chairman of the Greater Moncton Museum Society's campaign to raise funds for the expansion of the Moncton Museum. His business and philanthropic efforts were recognized on numerous occasions, including being appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 1979.  He was later promoted to Officer in 1990 and in 2001, was promoted again, this time to the Order’s highest distinction, Companion.  In 2004, he was inducted into the New Brunswick Business Hall of Fame and in 2010, was made a member of the Order of New Brunswick.

Maurice HenriMaurice Henri is a great photographer and humanitarian who looks beyond the lens and captures the spirit of cultures around the world. He has been quoted as saying the he believes that “the power of the photographic image can open the heart and change people’s view of the world.” Mr. Henri has explored, photographed and catalogued numerous areas and subjects around the world, including all the Atlantic Provinces. He has been creating Stock, Commercial and Portrait photography professionally since 1988 and has been sharing his knowledge in photography with others in his “Learning Photography Programs” since 1992. He is also the director of Cameras for Healing, a program that introduces the concept of "Visual Art" as a philosophy of healing for victims of post-war trauma. By giving them a camera, he wants Sierra Leone's teens and young adults to look past their frightening experiences through the lens of a camera. He is teaching them how to see the world around them in a whole new light. Mr. Henri’s photography not only conveys an image, but tells a story of the subjects he shoots. 

The inductees to the Order of Moncton were awarded with an Order of Moncton medal, a pin and a certificate of honour in a ceremony at Moncton City Hall. A public reception followed the formal induction ceremony on October 27, 2011.