Music • Musique NB:
Music • Musique NB is a completely bilingual provincial music industry association with over 350 members across the province. It helps its community thrive through efforts to develop, promote and celebrate its talent and achievements. Music•Musique NB stands out from every other provincial association since it is the only bilingual member of the Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations.
Its influence is also significant, as it serves on both the FACTOR National Advisory Board and the Musicaction Board of Directors; these two foundations are responsible for managing national grant programs for musicians.
Music•Musique NB’s inclusive vision is showcased at its annual event: Festival (506). It is a travelling festival, which makes it possible to reach many of the province’s communities. It also follows a philosophy that resists categorizing artists by language or culture, presenting them instead by musical genre. This is the most important position, as it creates a bridge that allows groups to unite through their love of music. This approach results in friendships and collaborations between New Brunswickers.
Croisières Shédiac Bay Cruises:
Since 1998, Croisières Shédiac Bay Cruises has evolved as a business that is committed to using both official languages as part of its operations. Éric LeBlanc, the founder of this company, made respect for both official languages a major feature of its vision. Since 2008, Ron Cormier and Denise LeBlanc have built on this initiative and have continued the tradition.
For those who have not had the opportunity of participating in the activities offered by Croisières Shédiac Bay Cruises, during the excursions, participants learn a great deal about the life and culture surrounding the fishing industry in New Brunswick. Participants also learn about the anatomy and life of a lobster. Naturally, the presentation is delivered in both official languages.
This experience, delivered with humour and passion, in the languages of Molière and Shakespeare, inspires a sense of camaraderie, uniting the group in spite of their differences. As recounted by many participants, those who boarded as strangers formed friendships through this inclusive activity.
Nicole Ozita Melanson:
Nicole Ozita Melanson is a manager of communications and bilingual services with the City of Moncton. Her duties include monitoring the quality of language in public documents, overseeing the implementation of a five-year action plan on bilingual commercial signage, and managing the municipal official languages policy.
For many years, Nicole has demonstrated exceptional leadership on these issues, going far beyond her official duties. Over the last few years, she has initiated changes within the municipal government to emphasize the importance of cultural and linguistic diversity
Nicole has also worked with the Moncton Bilingualism Committee, which was established in 2013. Its mandate was to define the true meaning of equality in terms of bilingualism at the municipal level and to recommend practical ways in which the City Council and the Municipality of Moncton could make Moncton a truly bilingual city.
Nicole Ozita Melanson is motivated by her belief in the importance of bilingualism from a cultural, social and economic standpoint, and it is her dream to see the linguistic landscape change. She works to ensure that every resident, visitor and merchant truly and deeply understands the importance of our cultures coexisting in harmony.