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2014 Order of Moncton recipients

“For our fifth year, we have another exceptional group of accomplished people to thank and honour! Their social, cultural and economic contributions to our community enrich the lives of our citizens and help make Moncton a great city. On behalf of our City and to those directly affected by their humanitarian nature, we are delighted to honour Mr. Armour, Madame Landry and Mr. Roussel as the 2014 Order of Moncton inductees."
(Mayor George LeBlanc(October 22, 2014)

Order of Moncton 2014 winners

Wes Armour

A well-respected resident of Moncton for over 45 years, Mr. Wesley (Wes) Armour has been highly engaged in his community, supporting various non-profit organizations, creating scholarship programs and seeking opportunities to inspire budding entrepreneurs.
 
Mr. Armour has chaired a number of capital fundraising campaigns, in support of the Friends of the Moncton Hospital, the YMCA of Greater Moncton, and Resurgo Place (the new home of the Moncton Museum and the Transportation Discovery Centre). 
 
His focus on “giving back,” whether through contributions to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), in-kind support of special charity events, or encouraging the many employees of Armour Transportation Systems to live their healthiest lives by offering a wellness program entitled Shift Gears, Live Well, has earned Mr. Armour well-deserved recognition at local, regional and national levels, by his industry peers and third-party organizations.
 
With his desire to continuously improve the lives of others, Wes Armour is a great ambassador for Moncton.

Aldéa Landry

In various capacities throughout her career, the Honourable Aldéa Landry, CM, PC, QC, has been a strong proponent for the advancement of women in leadership roles. A former politician, a business owner, a volunteer and an advocate for numerous causes, she was among the Top 100: Canada’s Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network (2009 and 2010). 
 
Her interests and expertise have led her to be named to the Board of Directors of a wide range of private-sector and non-profit organizations over the years, including the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, the Bank of Canada, the Vitalité Health Network, The Canadian Investors Protection Fund, the Wind Energy Institute of Canada, and the Canadian University of Dubai, to name but a few. She is currently Chancellor of the Université Sainte-Anne (Nova Scotia) and in 2013, she was inducted in the New Brunswick Business Hall of Fame. 
 
Pride in being a Monctonian, coupled with a strong voice on behalf of women and solid support of educational and economic development initiatives – it is clear why Aldéa Landry is a deserving inductee to the Order of Moncton. 

Claude Roussel

Claude Roussel’s illustrious career has had an immeasurable impact on the advancement of Acadian culture beyond its boundaries, as well as on the accessibility of art for people of all walks of life, thanks in part to his creation of over thirty public art sculptures all over the world, including the Moncton 100 Monument – Joseph Salter in Moncton’s Bore Park, and the Transition 2000: union, collaboration, progression mural commissioned by the Caisse Populaire Moncton-Beauséjour.

When the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton opened in 1959, Claude Roussel was appointment to the position of assistant curator by Lord Beaverbrook as a link between the Acadian and English communities. 
He is considered the founding father of modern art in Acadie; in fact, he was the first to begin teaching art in New Brunswick’s public francophone schools, and was the Université de Moncton’s first artist-in-residence. He founded the post-secondary institution’s Department of Visual Arts in 1963, its undergraduate program in visual arts, as well as what is now called the Galerie d’art Louise-et-Ruben-Cohen. 

He has hosted over 45 solo exhibitions, participated in over 120 group exhibitions, and received numerous awards and distinctions for his work. Generations of visual artists are indebted to Claude Roussel’s pursuit of creative expression and use of various materials to express socio-political issues, especially those affecting New Brunswick Acadians. 

 

The Order of Moncton recipients were awarded with an Order of Moncton medal, a pin and a certificate of honour at the formal induction ceremony, held at Moncton City Hall on November 13, 2014.