Jocelyne Roy Vienneau passes away

Government of New Brunswick

The province says Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick, Jocelyne Roy Vienneau, ONB, has passed away following a courageous battle with cancer.

A release from the province says official events at Government House are cancelled until further notice.

She assumed the Office of the Lieutenant-Governor on October 23, 2014.

Her official biography on the Government of New Brunswick website states Roy Vienneau was the first woman to occupy a secular position as Vice-President of a campus at l'Université de Moncton. 

She became the first woman to direct a francophone community college in New Brunswick when she became the principal of the New Brunswick Community College in Bathurst, and is one of the first women to graduate from the Faculty of Engineering at l'Université de Moncton.

In a statement, Premier Blaine Higgs says, "Ms. Roy Vienneau was a passionate advocate for this province and its people throughout her career, and, during her time as lieutenant-governor, championed literacy, mental health issues and the need for a new sense of pride for the place we call home."

He noted her leadership during the historic election and transition period last fall provided stability to New Brunswick.

Roy Vienneau was diagnosed with cancer in late spring 2018.

Details of funeral arrangements will be made available via the provincial Protocol Office in the coming days.

(With files from Bell Media's Jenn Graham)