New Brunswick Museum holds board meeting

The New Brunswick Museum had its Quarterly and Annual Board Meetings on December 6, 2017. The New Brunswick Museum is New Brunswick’s provincial museum, and is Canada’s oldest continuing museum, this year celebrating 175 years. It is responsible for the preservation, understanding, management and interpretation of the natural and human heritage of New Brunswick.

The New Brunswick Museum today announced the recent appointment of several new board members and a new Chair, Shannon Merrifield.

Board members are responsible for oversight as it relates to policy, long-term planning and the financial operation of the museum. The newly-appointed and reappointed board members are:

  • Shannon Merrifield, Chair (Grand Bay-Westfield)
  • Dr. Gwendolyn Davies (Fredericton)
  • Cyril Donahue (Miramichi)
  • Elspeth M. Hagan (Lakeville, Carleton)
  • Dr. Kathryn Hamer (Sackville)
  • Gordon LaBillois (Eel River Bar)
  • Robert G. Landry (Caraquet)
  • Louis J. Lavoie (Edmundston)
  • Tammy McAllister (Saint John)
  • Rebecca Moffatt (St. Stephen)
  • Imelda Perley (Tobique First Nation)

Board executives elected at the Board meeting include:

  • Shannon Merrifield, Chair
  • Robert Landry, Vice Chair
  • Elspeth Hagan, Treasurer
  • Gordon LaBillois, Secretary

“The New Brunswick Museum is a heritage icon in Saint John and throughout the province,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister John Ames. “I welcome the new Chair and board members and thank them for their dedication to the preservation of our cultural identity.”

At the meeting, the Board acknowledged and thanked the Province for the significant funding announcement made by Premier Brian Gallant on October 30, 2017.  As next steps in the facilities renewal process are addressed, there will be engagement activities and information provided.

After many years of service to the New Brunswick Museum, Jane Fullerton who retired as Chief Executive Officer at the end of August was acknowledged on a great career and her significant contributions and commitment to the New Brunswick Museum.

“The Board meetings were very productive”, said Shannon Merrifield.  “There is no doubt that 2018 will be an exciting year as we work together towards facility renewal.”

Government of New Brunswick representative to the Board, Thierry Arseneau, Executive Director of the Heritage, Culture and Archaeology Division of the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture indicated that Bill Hicks will fill the role of CEO of the New Brunswick Museum for the foreseeable future while longer term leadership options are investigated.

The museum operates two facilities in Saint John – the Collections and Research Centre on Douglas Avenue, and the Exhibition Centre at Market Square – as well as a provincial outreach program. More information on the New Brunswick Museum is available online.


Caitlin Griffiths or Aristi Dsilva, Communications & Marketing, New Brunswick Museum
(506) 654-7059 or (506) 643-2358