Roch Voisine

Roch Voisine, who was born in Edmundston, is the biggest name on this year’s list of Order of New Brunswick recipients. The Order of New Brunswick is the province's highest honour. (CBC)

Roch Voisine, the Edmundston-born international music star, headlined the 2014 list of recipients to the Order of New Brunswick.

Premier David Alward announced the latest round of inductees into the province’s highest order on New Brunswick Day.

“Members of the Order of New Brunswick represent the best of our province," Alward said in a statement.

“These individuals are being recognized for having made outstanding contributions to the social, cultural or economic progress of our province. The drive, perseverance and hard work of these individuals has helped to make life better in our communities.”

Voisine is the biggest name on this year’s list of Order of New Brunswick recipients. Voisine grew up in Edmundston until he was 12, before moving to Quebec.

His music has an international following, and that has earned him more than 12 million record sales.

Voisine won the Juno for best male vocalist in 1994, and in 1997 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He also wrote the 2014 Canadian Olympic team anthem, Living out my dreams.

This year’s inductees include doctors, lawyers, community activists and volunteers. The remaining Order of New Brunswick inductees are:

  • Roger Augustine (Eel Ground First Nation)
  • Wayne Curtis (Fredericton)
  • Lorraine Diotte (Dalhousie)
  • Roxanne Fairweather (Saint John)
  • Ivan Hicks (Moncton)
  • Himanshu Kumar Mukherjee (Fredericton)
  • Guy A. Richard (Bouctouche)
  • Cheryl Robertson (Rothesay)
  • Claude Snow (Caraquet)