We’re inviting your picks for the twelve greatest New Brunswickers of the last 150 years; people who have helped make our province the amazing place that it is today.
Who do you think belongs on the list? This is your chance to have your say, and vote for those you think should be counted among the greatest New Brunswickers.
The top three in each category will be profiled in an upcoming series produced by Rogers tv.
Like all New Brunswickers, Rogers tv was inspired by Becca Schofield and saddened to learn of her passing. We agree with all those who have thoughtfully nominated Ms. Schofield as one of the greatest New Brunswickers. Out of respect for the family’s wish for privacy, we are not currently planning to move forward with a feature about her at this time.
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The Greats is an initiative led by Rogers tv, and supported by the Government of New Brunswick.
Its objective is to recognize either individuals, pairs or groups who have demonstrated excellence and achievement and/or who have made outstanding contributions to the social, cultural or economic well-being of New Brunswick and its residents.
Who are The Greats?
New Brunswickers were invited to nominate fellow New Brunswickers for review by an advisory panel, who ensured nominees met basic eligibility requirements. To be eligible, a nominee had to be:
born in what is now New Brunswick, or born elsewhere but lived in New Brunswick (a current or past resident), and who has been recognized as having contributed significantly to the social, cultural and/or economic well-being of New Brunswick and its residents by demonstrating excellence and achievement in a given area
real (no fictional characters or animals)
living or dead (with the notable exception of any elected/appointed official, who must be deceased for consideration; all others may be either living or dead, but must have concluded the activity in question for a period of no less than three years before their nomination)
To encourage a broad cross-section of people / achievements, as part of the nomination process, New Brunswickers were prompted to categorize their nominee according to one of the following groups, to ultimately form a final, selected group of 12 Greats: * sports and entertainment (3 finalists) * business and economy (3 finalists) * arts and culture (3 finalists) * newsmakers and politicos (3 finalists)
How are the Greats selected?
The Greats an initiative led by Rogers tv, and supported by the Government of New Brunswick. Its objective is to recognize individuals, pairs or groups who have demonstrated excellence and achievement and/or who have made outstanding contributions to the social, cultural or economic well-being of New Brunswick and its residents.
Following an open nomination process (Dec. 15, 2017 – Jan. 15, 2018), our advisory panel reviewed the nearly 170 nominees (representing approximately 60 individuals) to ensure each met basic eligibility requirements, then selected six semi-finalists in each of the following four categories: sports & entertainment, arts & culture, newsmakers & politicos and business & economy.
New Brunswickers are invited to vote for their top three in each category March 15 – April 3, 2018. The most votes received in each category will produce a final list of 12.
Advisory Panel Members
Bernie Cormier, Cultural Affairs Officer, City of Saint John (ret’d) (Saint John)
Lori-Ann Cyr, entrepreneur (Edmundston)
Krista Ross, CEO, Fredericton Chamber of Commerce (Fredericton)
Eddie Rutanga, Jeux de la Francophonie (Moncton)
Beth Stymiest, Superintendent of Schools, Anglophone School District-NORTH (ret’d) (Bathurst)