Alward says this year's recipients are being recognized for making outstanding contributions to the social, cultural and economic progress of the province.
The new members include Edmundston singer-songwriter Roch Voisine, acclaimed fiddler Ivan Hicks of Moncton, Roger Augustine of the EelGround First Nation, writer and salmon conservationist Wayne Curtis of Fredericton and teacher and community volunteer Lorraine Diotte of Dalhousie.
Businesswoman Roxanne Fairweather of Saint John, public health advocate Himanshu Kumar Mukherjee of Fredericton, researcher Guy A. Richard of Bouctouche, former New Brunswick Community College principal Cheryl Robertson of Rothesay and Caraquet social justice advocate Claude Snow round out the 2014 recipients.
The new members will be presented with their awards at a ceremony later in the fall.
The Order of New Brunswick was established in 2000 to recognize excellence and achievement in various fields of endeavour.