NBCC recognizes alumni with 2018 Recognition Awards

Alumni Recognition Awards 2018

FREDERICTON – New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) recognized four outstanding alumni during the 2018 Alumni Recognition Awards ceremony, held Tuesday, Oct. 30 at Government House in Fredericton.

Awards were presented to Sean Dunbar, Lois Scott, Bill Allen and Matt Shepherd by NBCC President and CEO Marilyn Luscombe and Chair of the NBCC Board of Governors Patrick Lacroix. Lt.-Gov. Jocelyne Roy Vienneau hosted the ceremony.

“NBCC Alumni are everywhere, transforming lives and communities across New Brunswick and beyond,” said Luscombe. “Each of our 2018 Alumni Awards recipients has achieved success and has had a positive impact on cultural, social and economic elements of life in New Brunswick.”

This year marks the fourth annual Alumni Recognition Awards. Recipients are selected by a committee of NBCC staff and alumni. Nominations are welcomed year-round and can be submitted by anyone who knows an outstanding NBCC Alumni. The nomination forms can be found at www.nbcc.ca/awards.

“Congratulations to each of our award recipients, and thank you to those who nominated these very deserving alumni,” said Luscombe.

With over 90 programs and six campuses across New Brunswick, New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) is a provincially recognized post-secondary institution renowned for producing skilled, knowledgeable college graduates. NBCC offers students full-time concentrated study periods in one- and two-year certificate and diploma programs. For more information, visit: www.nbcc.ca.


For biographical information on award recipients, please see the following backgrounder.



2018 NBCC Alumni Award Winners

This award recognizes an alumna or alumnus who has made significant contributions to the culture, reputation, and/or economic prosperity of the Province of New Brunswick.
Sean Dunbar

Class of 1984 (Accommodation, Food and Beverage) – St. Andrews

Crafting success for New Brunswick

When it comes to craft beer, Sean Dunbar has put New Brunswick on the map. A 1984 graduate of the Accommodation, Food and Beverage program at the St. Andrews campus, he’s transformed the New Brunswick craft beer industry. He’s best known for establishing the Northampton Brewing Company, brewers of Picaroons Traditional Ales, and has been a supportive adviser for others starting out in the industry. In fact, he was nominated for the Friend of New Brunswick award by another local brewer! Sean is a keen supporter of New Brunswick performing arts and live music and has contributed to many local charities and artists.

Lois Scott

Class of 1969 (Secretarial) – Moncton

A lifetime of leadership

Lois Scott has spent nearly 50 years as a leader within both the public and private health care sectors. Lois has served as a member of boards and advisory committees for a great number of organizations, including international tele-health professional organizations, National Research Council of Canada, Canadian Society of Tele-health, Issac Walton Killam Health Center, 3+ (Greater Moncton’s Economic Development Agency), Nurses’ Association of New Brunswick, Canadian Patient Safety Institute and Friends of The Moncton Hospital Foundation.  She was also one of the founding members of NBCC’s Board of Governors and served as Chair from 2014-16.


Bill Allen

Class of 1985 (Accommodation, Food and Beverage) – St. Andrews

A taste for success

Bill Allen has built a restaurant empire. His company, Fresh Casual Restaurants Inc., includes five Swiss Chalet Restaurants, two Harvey’s locations and the Aulac Big Stop travel plaza. He employs more than 300 people in southeastern New Brunswick and his team has been recognized for sales and service excellence. Bill served as the Chair of the board of Restaurants Canada, a national association representing 30,000 food service businesses from 2016 to 2017 and currently sits on the board as an executive director representing New Brunswick. He is currently Chair of the board of Groupex Systems Canada, a food service group purchasing company that works with more than 5,000 independent restaurants across Canada.


Matt Shepherd

Class of 2003 (Animation and Graphics Technology) – Miramichi

The art of achievement

Matt Shepherd’s training has taken him to the pinnacle of his industry. As a supervising animator with Sony Pictures and now as an animation lead for Animal Logic, Matt has more than 35 production credits to his name, many of them box office blockbusters. He’s currently working on The Lego Movie 2. His resume also includes  Hotel Transylvania, the Smurfs movies, The Emoji Movie, Storks, Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet and Sausage Party. A proud NBCC alumnus, Matt stays connected to NBCC mentoring animation graduates and volunteers as a keynote speaker for the Jalloo Festival.

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