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  • 2012-10-03, Times Transcript
  • 2012 ORDER OF MONCTON RECIPIENTS NAMED TIMES & TRANSCRIPT STAFF ♦03 OCT 2012 The newest recipients of the Order of Moncton have been named. The 2012 inductees — Marshall Button, Corinne Gallant, and Ken McLeod — will be honoured on Nov. 1. “Continuing a proud tradition, we arrive at our third year of inductees into the 2012 Order of Moncton with valued citizens who are successfully proving themselves with the highest standards of excellence in their fields,” said Mayor George LeBlanc. “We deeply appreciate their ongoing efforts and all the positive recognition that they bring to our hub community.” Marshall Button is a household name for many Moncton citizens. He is best known and loved for his character Lucien, the opinionated North Shore mill-worker and New Brunswick’s Blue-Collar Philosopher. Since creating and performing Lucien for the first time in 1984, Mr. Button has written four plays for Lucien and has performed more than 1,500 shows for audiences all over North America. An announcement from the city notes he is “an ambassador for the City of Moncton, he has loaned his business expertise to various organizations, and he understands the value of community. As a renowned toast master, Mr. Button calls upon his hilarious sense of humour to liven up nearly every major event.” Corinne Gallant is a well-respected feminist in the community. At 90 years of age, Gallant continues to actively lobby for women’s rights and equality for all Acadians and visible minorities in New Brunswick. Her works have been publicized in newspapers and journals throughout the country. During her rewarding career as a philosopher at l’Université de Moncton, she was an inspiration for many young women as her motivation was always to encourage youth to get involved and to try to make a difference. Gallant received the Order of Canada in 1989 for her exceptional leadership abilities as an advocate and supporter of women and minority rights. Working with numerous local organizations and being a founding member of Crossroads for Women, she opened up a dialogue for abused women. Ken MacLeod is a successful businessman, philanthropist and leader in the not-for profit sector. MacLeod founded KMA Consultants, a firm specializing in fundraising and communications which serves local, regional, and national clients. As the president of New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, he is dedicated to instilling a love of music in youth and building the cultural vitality of the province. Due to his passion for arts and culture, MacLeod founded Sistema NB, an organization dedicated to inspiring excellence among children and youth in Moncton through the performance of orchestral music. Bringing in high-level professional musicians from across Canada, the city said, “MacLeod is enriching many lives by promoting discipline, cooperation, confidence and hope in children.” The inductees to the Order of Moncton will be awarded with an Order of Moncton medal, a pin and a certificate of honour in a ceremony at Moncton City Hall. A public reception will follow the formal induction ceremony on Nov. 1. The selection committee is comprised of elected municipal officials, three residents of Moncton and a representative of the City of Moncton administration.
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