15 January 2014

Office of the Premier
Tourism, Heritage and Culture

Creation of New Brunswick Provincial Commemorations Committee announced

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The creation of a New Brunswick Provincial Commemorations Committee was announced today by Premier David Alward. The committee will co-ordinate community activities that commemorate events of provincial and national significance.

“The model used for the New Brunswick 1812 Commemorations Committee was very successful,” said Alward. “We witnessed such a great level of community engagement in commemorative activities that the decision was made to form a new committee to focus, streamline and support all provincial efforts relating to commemorative events over the next few years. We look forward to forging strategic new partnerships throughout the province as we strive to educate and engage New Brunswickers in our history.”

The committee will be co-chaired by Fredericton-Silverwood MLA Brian Macdonald and by Restigouche-la-Vallée MLA Martine Coulombe.

Upcoming priorities will include events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War in 2014, the 100th anniversary of the New Brunswick Nurses' Association in 2016, and the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

“We are committed to recognizing our rich history and sharing our stories with New Brunswickers from all walks of life, because our shared heritage contributes to the quality of life in our communities,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Trevor Holder. “By working with regional associations, groups and communities, we can ensure that important aspects of our heritage are recognized and celebrated.”

Given the nature of the committee's mandate, membership will be flexible to reflect the changing priorities of commemorative activities. Community heritage groups, historical societies, educators and educational programmers, and other related associations are encouraged to express their interest in participation online.

The aim of the committee is to bring together groups which wish to raise awareness of commemorative activities and anniversaries to share best practices, maximize funding and support one another's efforts to achieve participation and recognition of our shared heritage.

Media Contact(s)

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