Memorial Awards

Each year during our annual conference and AGM, UMNB presents awards to municipal elected officials and volunteers as nominated by our membership. To nominate someone for the Louise Breau Memorial Award or the Raymond Murphy Memorial Award, please submit a half- to one-page piece on your nominee, detailing some of their history of service and biography to for consideration by the Nominating Committee. Your nominee can be:

  • Currently elected or retired municipal official
  • From your municipality, or a municipality other than your own
  • A devoted community volunteer never elected (Raymond Murphy Award only)

2021 nominations are due on Tuesday, August 17. 

We congratulate and thank the recipients for their dedication to municipal public service.


The Raymond Murphy Memorial Award was established in 2017 in honour and memory of our past President, Executive Director, and friend Raymond Murphy of Rexton NB. Raymond was a man who loved his community deeply, and who devoted his whole life and his whole heart to public service. His legacy lives on in the lives he touched, the causes he advanced, and the community he made better through his efforts. This award is presented annually to a member municipality volunteer, elected or non-elected, who has shown outstanding dedication of his or her services to their municipality.

2020 Recipient: Gerald (Jerry) Gogan, mayor of Petitcodiac with 31 years on council, chair/president/member of over a dozen boards, mentor, recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for Community Service, who has both “had a hand in nearly all good things to come out of the Village of Petitcodiac”  and been “responsible for lighting on fire a new generation of community leaders.”

2019 – Beth Thompson, councillor and community volunteer, Quispamsis
2018Scott Dunlop, community volunteer, Woodstock



The late Mayor Louise Breau of Millville NB was a person of great integrity and never-ending dedication. She worked diligently for the betterment of municipalities in New Brunswick, without thinking of her own gain. Louise was a reliable, sincere and dynamic person who always had a smile and the time to listen. She was a person who wanted to be involved and would help out in any way, no matter how big or small the effort was on her part. This award is presented annually to an elected official (past or present) with a similar spirit of dedication as Louise. 

2020 Recipient:  Clem Tremblay, municipal councillor for 18 years and past Mayor of Dalhousie, board member and community volunteer, past president of the Dalhousie Lion’s Club and Bon-Ami Festival, manager of the Dalhousie Senior Hockey Team and past president of the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, Clem “represented his town wherever he went with pride… and always greets everyone with a smile and conversation.” 

2019 Kenneth Chorley, Mayor, Hampton
2018 – Emil Olsen, Councillor/Deputy Mayor, Quispamsis
2017 – Cyril Rioux, Mayor, Drummond
 – Beverly Forbes, Mayor, Millville
2015 – William J. Bishop, Mayor, Rothesay
2014 – Darrell Giggie, Mayor Florenceville-Bristol
– Frank Dunn, Councillor, New Maryland
– Robert Harquail, Councillor, Dalhousie
– Karen Titus, Mayor/Councillor, Perth-Andover
– Carole Doherty, Mayor, Chipman
– Alexander (Sandy) MacLean, Mayor/Councillor, Dalhousie
– Walter Brown, Councillor/Deputy Mayor, Fredericton
– Eric Steeves (post-humous), Mayor, Hillsborough; Dr. James Purdy, Councillor, Sackville
– Hugh Morris (post-humous), Mayor, Charlo
– Burpee Wagner, Mayor, Perth-Andover
– Stanley Graham, Mayor, Millville
– Oscar Boyd, Mayor, Norton
– J. Craig Melanson, Mayor, Nackawic
– Alan Gillmor, Mayor, St. Stephen
– Benson H. Parker, Mayor, Doaktown
1999 – Robert B. Simpson, Mayor, Nackawic
– Ronald R. (Tchine) Long, Mayor, Clair
– J. Raymond Lagacé, Mayor, Atholville
– Fay L. Tidd, Mayor, Oromocto
 – Laura Reynolds, Mayor, Plaster Rock
1994 – James Watt, Mayor, Gondola Point