Monday, August 02, 2010

Wayne Brown Named to Order of New Brunswick
(Posted August 2é10 by Communication NB)

Wayne Brown is a well known and widely respected leader who has worked diligently to improve the social and economic condition of his community, St. Mary’s First Nation.

In his role as the City of Fredericton’s Director of Sports, Recreation and Cultural Resources for St. Mary’s, Brown spearheaded efforts to develop the first-class sports facilities that assisted the community in securing the role as host of the 1994 Canadian Senior Women’s Softball Championships. It was the first time that a national softball tournament had ever been hosted in a Canadian First Nations community. He also chaired the 1983 and 1987 New Brunswick Indian Summer Games.

Brown shares his passion for sport with the youth of his community. With the benefit of his coaching many of those young people competed successfully on local, national and international levels.

As economic development officer for the St. Mary’s band, Brown’s efforts have supported his vision for a self-sufficient community. He successfully negotiated a tripartite tax agreement with the Province of New Brunswick that paved the way for the community to develop the St. Mary’s Entertainment Centre. Brown went on to manage the planning and construction of the facility and it now employs 134 people.

Brown is a member of the International Softball Federation Hall of Fame, the Softball Canada Hall of Fame, the Softball New Brunswick Hall of Fame, and the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame.

Wayne Brown is receiving the Order of New Brunswick for his efforts to strengthen the social fabric and economic position of his community through sport, infrastructure development and the mentorship of up and coming leaders

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