The Honourable Graydon Nicholas, Order of New Brunswick, was the 30th Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick from 2009 to 2014, becoming the first aboriginal person to hold this office. He was born on the Tobique Reserve in 1946. He earned a B.Sc. degree from St. Francis Xavier University in 1968. He graduated from UNB Law School in 1971 becoming the first aboriginal person in Atlantic Canada to earn a law degree. He obtained a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfred Laurier University in 1974. He has received four honorary degrees from St. Francis Xavier University (1994), WLU (2002), Mount Allison University (2010) and UNB (2015).
Throughout his career, Mr. Nicholas has worked for justice for First Nations and other peoples. Prior to his appointment as Lieutenant Governor, he was a Provincial Court Judge from 1991-2009, the first aboriginal person appointed in NB. He was Chair of Native Studies at St. Thomas University from 1989-1991. He worked with the Union of NB Indians as legal counsel, Chairman of the Board and President of the Union of New Brunswick Indians from 1974-1988.
He married his wife, Beth, in June 28, 1968. They have two sons, Michael and Brian. They are proud grandparents to Cato and Allison Nicholas who live in Arizona. Beth and Graydon are members of the Christian Life Communities (CLC) since 1984. They have served as National Presidents of CLC Canada.
He was a member of the Aboriginal Council of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) from 1998-2004. He helped in the creation of the National Day of Prayer for Aboriginal People for Canada which began on December 12, 2005. He was a recipient of the Benemerenti Pontifical Medal by the Apostolic Nuncio to Canada on September 2008. He and Beth are active promoters of Our Lady of Guadalupe since 2006 to the present.
Mr. Nicholas became a member of the Knights of Columbus on June 24, 2009. He also has his Second, Third and Fourth Degrees. He is a Third Degree member of Council No. 1942, Fredericton, New Brunswick and Fourth Degree member of Assembly No. 0620, Fredericton, New Brunswick. He participated at the International Marian Congresses held in 2009 and 2012. He was also a participant of the International Congress ECCLESIA IN AMERICA, under the protection of Our Lady of Guadalupe, held in the Vatican on December 9-12, 2012.
Mr. Nicholas is also trained as a Spiritual Director and Group Guide of Ignatian Spirituality. He has been asked to be the Spiritual Director of the Retreat of the Knights of Columbus in the spring of 2016. He is a firm believer of prayerful discernment to find out God's plan in his life.