Gérard Haché is a very generous person, known for his altruism. During his long career, this exemplary volunteer has defended numerous social and economic causes, particularly in education, health and in the parish. His native village of Saint-Isidore has benefited a great deal from his dedication to the community.
After spending time in the Canadian Armed Forces during the Second World War, Mr. Haché pursued part-time training by correspondence in order to complete the education he received at the parish school. As an independent learner he acquired a very broad range of knowledge, from aviation to commerce and health care management. He founded G.G. Haché & Frères Ltée, a family business specializing in farm machinery, which has contributed to the economic prosperity of Saint-Isidore as well as the Acadian Peninsula.
In 1966, he presided over the new school board no. 7, which amalgamated the various school districts in the area. In particular, he took an active role in the construction of a more functional, modern school to provide quality education to students in the Saint-Isidore region.
In 1995, the Diocese of Bathurst asked him to chair its fundraising campaign to raise $5,000,000 for the needs of the diocese. The campaign was a success.
Well known for his dedication to the residents of his area, Mr. Haché was elected as a member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in 1967. He was noteworthy for his support of the most disadvantaged citizens. He contributed particularly to the improvement of roads, management of schools and construction of a new hospital.
In addition to his qualities as a public figure, businessman and politician, he is also a man of faith and education. He was appointed a member of the parish committee for 50 years, 25 of which were as Chair.
He has been awarded two memorable distinctions: the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada and the rank of Officier de l’Ordre de la Pléiade in recognition of his significant contribution to the well-being of his fellow citizens and community.
Gérard Haché is receiving the Order of New Brunswick for his dedication to his fellow citizens and his contribution to the social and economic development of the province.