Former New Brunswick ombudsman and child and youth advocate Bernard Richard received the 2015 New Brunswick Human Rights Award on Wednesday.

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Bernard Richard received the New Brunswick Human Rights Award on Wednesday.

Lt. Gov. Jocelyne Roy Vienneau presented the award in a ceremony held at Government House in Fredericton.

Richard was selected due to "his exceptional work in the promotion and advocacy of rights-based issues within the province."

The award was established by the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission in 1988 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.