January 31, 2023
Three NBCCD staff win Queen’s Jubilee Awards
Three members of the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD) staff have been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal (New Brunswick).
Technical Support Analyst Gino Perron, Wabanaki Visual Arts Studio Head Judie Acquin, and former Jewellery/Metal Arts Studio Head and current instructor Brigitte Clavette have all been awarded the medal that was created to mark the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne.
“Having the talent and dedication of these inspiring staff and faculty members is a testament to something we already know here at NBCCD—we have incredible humans doing exceptional work,” said Dr. Carrie Nolan, College Director.
The Platinum Jubilee Medal webpage states that the medal honours the Queen and her service to Canada as well as New Brunswick residents who have been exemplary in their service to others.
The three NBCCD recipients are part of a group of 3,000 recipients across the province. One third of those medals are dedicated to those who have made “outstanding contributions to the province’s COVID-19 pandemic response,” according to the website.
Clavette has taught Jewellery/Metal Arts at NBCCD for more than three decades and is a decorated metalsmith. Clavette was named one of eight recipients of the 2022 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, as the sole recipient of the Saidye Bronfman Award—Canada’s most prestigious award for excellence in fine craft. awarded the Governor General’s Medal in Visual Media Arts.
Judie Acquin is leading the Wabanaki Visual Arts diploma program, and specializes in basketry. She’s heavily involved in the greater Fredericton community. This fall and winter, Acquin hosted the Truth Telling Series at the Governor General’s House and she frequently sings rock and traditional music in her Woloastoqey language.
While Perron has only been at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design since 2019, he helped guide the college through the COVID-19 pandemic and improve its virtual classroom structures and security.