Former O’Brien Fellow appointed as UNB’s next chancellor

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September 20, 2023

 The O’Brien Foundation is proud to congratulate Wade MacLauchlan on his upcoming installation as Chancellor at UNB-Fredericton’s Fall Convocation on October 19.

Wade studied business administration at UPEI, and law at UNB as a Beaverbrook Scholar and received the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal at graduation. He was awarded an O’Brien Foundation Fellowship in 1982 to pursue his masters in law at Yale, after which he taught at both UNB and Dalhousie Universities. He subsequently served as dean of law at UNB and President and Vice-Chancellor of UPEI.

Over his illustrious career, Wade has made significant contributions in a wide variety of endeavours in addition to academe, including outstanding contributions in politics and public policy.

The O’Brien Foundation applauds Wade’s passion for education and his commitment to lifelong learning, which epitomizes the values and goals of The O’Brien Foundation.

For more information about our O’Brien Fellows, including Wade MacLauchlan, and the Foundation, please visit

Introducing the 2023 Esteemed Recipients of The O’Brien Foundation Scholarship

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August 10, 2023

The O’Brien Foundation is thrilled to announce the exceptional individuals who have been selected as the recipients of the fellowship for 2023. This scholarship is a testament to our commitment to nurturing talent, fostering academic excellence, and empowering the future leaders of New Brunswick.

After an extensive and rigorous selection process, our selection committee has chosen 11 remarkable students whose dedication to their fields has truly stood out. These recipients have demonstrated outstanding achievements in both their academic pursuits and extracurricular activities, embodying the values and vision of the O’Brien Fellowship program.

Amy Johnston - Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD) in epidemiology – University of Ottawa

Abbie LeBlanc - PhD in Government – Harvard University

Christiana Loral Myers - Doctorate in History of Art – University of Glasgow

Everett Avison Patterson - Doctorate in Physics (Quantum Information Specialization)

Jacob Barry - Doctorate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies – Western University

Tovah Shalom Kashetsky - Doctorate in Biology – University of Ottawa

Vanessa Veilleux - Doctorate in Life Sciences – Université de Moncton

Michaela Ritchie - PhD in Experimental Psychology – UNB – Saint John Campus

Julianne Gerbrandt - Doctorate of Philosophy in Education Studies – University of New Brunswick

Madelaine Empey – Master of science in Biology – University of Ottawa

Anne Laurie - Doctorate in Education specializing in Child Studies – Concordia University

We invite you to consult the section O'Brien Fellows of our website to discover more about them.

As recipients of this scholarship, these students will not only receive financial support but will join the network of past fellows who are accomplished scholars, experts, and peers. 

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the newly selected recipients for 2023. Your hard work, determination, and passion have earned you this well-deserved recognition, and we have no doubt that you will continue to excel and make meaningful contributions to your respective fields.




October 12 - November 3, 2017

The William Secord Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of the canine works of art from the estate of Mr. and Mrs. William L. Kendrick.

The Kendrick name is legendary in purebred dog circles. William was showing and judging Bull Terriers even before he graduated from Princeton University in 1926. He bred and showed dogs under the Queensbury prefix which he inherited from his uncle, W. Freeland Kendrick, one-time mayor of Philadelphia.

Vernelle was herself a respected dog show judge. She started out in Poodles and in 1957 became an all-breed professional handler. During her judging career, she judged at some of America's most prestigious shows, including the Toy Group at the Westminster Kennel Club, and Best in Show at the Poodle Club of America.

Many of the paintings in the collection are related to William's breeding interests, with nineteenth century paintings of Manchester Terriers, Bull Terriers and Fox Terriers. When he married Vernelle Hartman in 1973, paintings of Poodles, Pekingese and Collies were added to their collection.

Taken in its entirety, the collection is a testament to one couple's love of

purebred dogs and their ongoing pursuit of the dog's history and its depiction in the visual arts.

Please contact us for more information or visit our website to view our entire inventory:

With best wishes,

William Secord & the Gallery staff