The 2022 VIVE Awards Recipients
Through her academic, professional, and community engagements, Lyne Chantal has worked to ensure the concerns of diverse women are heard on issues related to pay equity, poverty, domestic violence, sexual violence and consent in relationships.
Lyne Chantal is a role model in the communities where she volunteers at the local, provincial, and national levels.
She was the founder of the Guignolée when she was a professor of education at the Shippagan campus for 10 years, which involved students, professors and people from the community coming together to help those in need.
At 14, Vera Chen set out to bridge the gap between music opportunities and youth, offering free lessons and workshops for young people.
As a visionary, she saw music lessons as a great tool to teach young people about music and the importance of mentorship. She invited other music students to mentor participants not only in music, but through group activities and team building workshops. The result was long-lasting friendships.
Seeing that young women in particular had little opportunities to learn music at no cost, she made extra efforts to reach out to young women in her community to engage them with her project and include them in the workshops.
Cathy Simpson is an IT leader who has dedicated her career to building the region's tech capacity. She is a mentor and advisor for start-up entrepreneurs.
In 2015, Simpson created her own company, a social initiative called Up+Go, that delivers leadership and self-discovery programs for high school girls and introduces them to New Brunswick women who are doing extraordinary things, particularly in the areas of STEM, entrepreneurship, and leadership.
She is dedicated to helping girls and women become more confident in their professional pursuits.
Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Stevenson championed a resolution to use gender neutral language in the Two Rivers Pastoral Charge branch membership bylaws.
Rev. Dr. Stevenson has been appointed to serve on the Royal Canadian Legion, NB Command Tribute Service Committee that is revamping the Tribute to a Veteran Book. In this role, she is helping modernize the services to make sure they are inclusive of all groups.
Rev. Dr. Stevenson is an example of an effective ally who uses words and actions to help undo systemic barriers.
Michele Cronin has worked with the City of Fredericton for over 26 years and is a member of their Diversity and Inclusion Team.
She created an invaluable opportunity for growth and development for female employees through the Authentic Leadership for Women course. In this program, women are brought together to advance their leadership skills through teachings and mentorship. One of the largest advantages to the course is the ability of the group to learn through sharing experiences.
Michele was also the team lead on an International Urban Cooperation (IUC) project that included a partnership between Fredericton and Parma, Italy and focused on studying gender equity in leadership roles in municipal government with legislated equality as the variable.
The 2021 VIVE Awards Recipients
Emma Coakley, Grade 10 student (Saint John)
[Emma] enjoys educating people about living with a physical disability while encouraging them to respect and appreciate everyone’s differences and eliminating discrimination and bullying in her community.
Johanne Perron, Executive Director of the New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity (Moncton)
As our fearless leader for decades, [Johanne] has inspired generations of women to fight for their rights and others to follow suit and pursue a career in the non-profit and community sector.
Sara Holyoke, General Manager of the Delta Hotels by Marriott Fredericton (Fredericton)
Over the past several years Sara has invested her time in developing internal talent with a focus on developing the knowledge, skills and abilities of high performing female team members.
Dr. Karen Pearlston, Professor of Law at the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton)
Dr. Pearlston has participated in reproductive justice advocacy for decades and has contributed countless volunteer hours to advancing the cause of women's equality in New Brunswick.
Cheryl Hansen, Clerk of the Executive Council Office, Government of New Brunswick (Fredericton)
[At the start of the pandemic], Cheryl empowered the team with clear, urgent direction but a calm delivery. Repeating consistently, the importance of working together, helping each other out and making this as easy for the citizens of the province as possible.