Kevin Vickers receives Order of New Brunswick
In this file photo, Kevin Vickers, Ambassador to Ireland and former Sergeant-at Arms salutes as he is recognized in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, March 30, 2015. (Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Monday, August 3, 2015 2:22PM EDT
FREDERICTON -- Kevin Vickers, the former sergeant-at-arms in Parliament, has been named a recipient of the Order of New Brunswick for his role in stopping a shooting spree by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau last fall.
Vickers stopped the gunman in the House of Commons last October shortly after Zehaf-Bibeau killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was standing guard at the National War Memorial, and rushed into the building with his rifle.
Premier Brian Gallant also named Camille Albert, an entrepreneur; Sister Arleen Brawley, for her work in addictions; Gary Gould, for his work with off-reserve aboriginal people; Brent Hawkes, for his leadership in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights; and photographer Thaddeus Holownia.
Also named were Carol Loughrey, for supporting women in business; Sister Adele Morin, for her work on behalf of children with intellectual disabilities; Dr. Rejean Thomas, a physician and a missionary; and Marlene Unger for her human rights, social justice and education work.
The Order of New Brunswick was established in 2000 to recognize individuals who demonstrate a high level of excellence and achievement in their particular field.
A ceremony to present this year's recipients with their awards will be held at Government House in Fredericton on Nov. 4.