The MMFF Award

The Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation Award was created in 1992 to recognize outstanding contributions toward preventing and eliminating family violence in Canada.

The Award recognizes an individual, group, organization, business, corporation or workplace that has furthered the prevention and elimination of family violence. The Award is presented annually during a special public function of the Foundation to commemorate the birthday of the Foundation’s Patron, Muriel McQueen Fergusson.

MMFF Award Nomination Form


Canadian individuals or organizations whose achievements have advanced the prevention and elimination of family violence are eligible for nomination. All nominations should be in the same format as per the nomination form above and supported by two letters of recommendation.

Selection Process

The Award recipient is selected by a committee of the Foundation’s Board of Directors representatives based on the information provided by the nominators. The Fergusson Foundation reserves the right to verify the accuracy of the information provided in the submission. Nominees not chosen in the first year are retained and will be considered for the Award for the next two years.

About the AwardPewterAward

The Award itself was designed and produced by Carole Cronkite of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada’s first female pewtersmith.

The Award is made entirely by hand using only basic tools. Different gauges of sheet pewter are layered to create a three-dimensional effect. The four-piece logo is cut out with a delicate jewelers saw, filed, soldered, etched and shaded to produce the finished award.

The design of the Award is intended to symbolize the many faces of violence.

In addition, the Award recipient selects a registered charity, whose objectives further the goals of the Foundation, and the Foundation makes a $1,000 donation in their name.

Hon. Jocelyne Roy Vienneau, O.N.B. welcomes the Fergusson Foundation and guests to the 2016 MMFF Award Ceremony at Government House.

New Brunswick’s Lieutenant-Governor and the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation Award

Founding member of the Fergusson Foundation and former Lieutenant-Governor Margaret Norrie McCain helped set the tone for the involvement of the Office of the Lieutenant-Governor in supporting the quest to eliminate family violence. For many years the Office of the Lieutenant-Governor has graciously allowed the Foundation to hold the Award presentation ceremony at Government House. Other Lieutenant-Governors including Marilyn Trenholme Counsell, Herménégilde Chiasson,  Graydon Nicholas and Jocelyne Roy-Vienneau have continued this support.  In 2020, the Honourable Brenda Murphy became an active participant with the Foundation’s work by accepting the role as Honorary Patron of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation Award.

Government House is the official residence to the Lieutenant-Governor but is also open to the public and receives thousands of visitors on an annual basis. The Award is now displayed at Government House allowing visiting Canadians, dignitaries, monarchy, heads of state, countless tours of school children and many others all to see these examples of outstanding Canadians, organizations and businesses who have helped further the elimination of family violence.

Past Recipients

  • 1993 June Callwood
  • 1994 Dr. Peter Jaffe
  • 1995 Margaret Norrie McCain
  • 1996 Sister Cecile Renault (posthumously)
  • 1997 Dr. Donald G. Dutton
  • 1998 ‘Making Waves’
  • 1999 The Body Shop Canada
  • 2000 Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre
  • 2001 Dr. Sandra Byers
  • 2002 Rina Arseneault
  • 2003 Red Cross RespectED
  • 2004 Senator Sharon Carstairs and Margaret Newall
  • 2005 Margaret-Ann Blaney
  • 2006 Penny K. Ericson
  • 2007 Madeleine Delaney-LeBlanc
  • 2008 Bernard Richard
  • 2009 Rona Brown
  • 2010 Native Women’s Association of Canada
  • 2011 White Ribbon Campaign
  • 2012 Ghosts of Violence
  • 2013 Dr. Nancy Nason-Clark
  • 2014 Sigrid Rolfe & Dr. Philip Smith
  • 2015 Family Enrichment and Counselling Service
  • 2016 Julie Devon Dodd
  • 2017 C. Anne Crocker, C.M.
  • 2018 Maryse Rinfret-Raynor
  • 2019 Dr. Judith Wuest


The Fergusson Foundation was honoured to recognize Dr. Judith Wuest, as the 27th recipient of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation Award.

Internationally recognized for her expertise in grounded theory methods, Dr. Judith Wuest is a retired registered nurse and professor emerita at the Faculty of Nursing, University of New Brunswick (Fredericton, NB). Meranda McLaughlin, Chair of the Award Selection Committee remarks, “We were inspired by Dr. Wuest’s innovative strategies to bring attention to the issue of family and intimate partner violence within the public health sector. Over the course of Dr. Wuest’s career, her leadership, passion, and perseverance has resulted in breakthrough research and meaningful policy changes that have directly impacted and improved the lives of women and their families, both Nationally and Internationally.”

Dr. Wuest has engaged, since 1992, in an evolving program of research in violence and health aimed at shifting the perspective of violence as a neglected health issue for women to a global public health problem for all; she and her colleagues are credited with having successfully developed and tested the feasibility of a theory-based, trauma- and violence-informed intervention in four NB communities.

Colleague of Dr. Wuest, Dr. Cathy Holtmann, Director of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research reflects, “Dr. Wuest’s contributions to research on the health impacts of violence against women are innovative, internationally respected and a cornerstone of violence research at UNB. Her outstanding mentorship of graduate students has been invaluable and her legacy carries on through the work of outstanding scholars like Dr. Kelly Scott-Storey and Dr. Sue O’Donnell.”

On being selected as the 2019 recipient of the Award, Dr. Wuest said, “I am very honoured to receive this highly respected award from the Fergusson Foundation. I thank the many people who have generously shared their first-hand experiences of the consequences of violence as targets, perpetrators, and helpers. Their expert knowledge has guided collaborative research with diverse stakeholders, leading to trauma- and violence-informed health interventions that minimize harm, enhance safety and choice, and build on individual strengths. I am grateful for the support of my mentors and colleagues in this critical work. Importantly, the health focus of this award encourages new lines of inquiry to understand, prevent and manage the health consequences of both interpersonal and structural violence.” Dr. Wuest has chosen to direct the funds accompanying the Award to Clinic 554, a reproductive and family practice that has addressed a significant gap in New Brunswick trauma- and violence-informed care, particularly for those facing barriers related to access, gender, and racism.

“We welcome this opportunity to congratulate the 2019 recipient, Dr Judith Wuest, for her work, over many years, toward helping us understand and respond to family violence,” said Norma Dubé, President of the Fergusson Foundation. “This year has been an important one for the Fergusson Foundation as we celebrate our 35th Anniversary; we reflect on the work we have done and the work we still need to do. In these times of uncertainty, we understand how important it is for us to pause and remember, as well, all past recipients of this award and their significant contributions in the journey to eliminate family violence.”

Covid-19 and Family Violence

During the Covid-19 Pandemic the incidences of family violence have increased and, in the case of the mass shooting in Nova Scotia, have become more visible. The measures put in place to keep us safe, such as physical distancing and isolation, have put victims, and potential victims, at increased risk. As support services work to respond to the increasing need, trauma-and-violence informed responsive care, focused on by Dr. Wuest, is essential; it will reduce potential harm and assist those services in being more responsive to the needs of all those needing care.