Jocelyn Roy-Vienneau poised to become 31st lieutenant-governor

23 10 2014

Installation ceremony set for New Brunswick Legislature on Thursday afternoon

CBC News Posted: Oct 23, 2014 11:33 AM AT Last Updated: Oct 23, 2014 11:33 AM AT

Jocelyne Roy-Vienneau is to be installed as New Brunswick’s lieutenant-governor at a ceremony in the provincial legislature on Thursday afternoon.

NB-Jocelyne Roy-Vienneau

Jocelyne Roy-Vienneau will be New Brunswick’s 31st lieutenant-governor since Confederation.

She replaces Lt.-Gov. Graydon Nicholas and becomes the province’s 31st lieutenant-governor since Confederation.

Roy-Vienneau was the chief executive officer of the Bathurst campus of the New Brunswick Community College system and previously served as an assistant deputy minister of education.

She was the first woman to direct a francophone community college in New Brunswick, was the first woman to occupy a secular position as a vice president of a campus at the University of Moncton and was one of the first women to graduate from the university’s engineering program.

Roy-Vienneau was born in Newcastle and raised in a rural family in Robertville.

After Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced she would be the next lieutenant-governor, she said she hopes her appointment sends a message to small-town New Brunswick

“You can be born in a small, rural area and you can achieve quite [a lot] during your career and you can get access to this big position,” she said.

Premier Brian Gallant will host the official ceremony to install Roy-Vienneau as the lieutenant-governor.

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