Town Council and Local Service District (LSD) Transition Committee Representatives approve naming process of Entity 51

Published February 17, 2022 @ 8:30 p.m.

As a result of the modernization of New Brunswick’s local governance system, the neighbouring communities of Grand Bay-Westfield and a portion of the Local Service District (LSD) of Westfield West will be amalgamated. Until a new community name is determined, these two communities are known as Entity 51.

At a Special Council meeting on February 17, 2022, Town Council and LSD Transition Committee Representatives approved the naming process for Entity 51. View the meeting including an outline of the naming process provided by John Enns-Wind, Town Chief Administrative Officer here.

Town Council and LSD Transition Committee Representatives discussed how critical it is for residents from both communities to be involved in the naming process of Entity 51 and to have their fair say. Residents from both communities will have the opportunity to participate in the naming process with more information to be shared in the coming weeks. The first step is to establish the Naming Committee of Entity 51, please see details below.

“The naming of Entity 51 is a very important decision. Residents need to have a name that they can collectively identify with as a new community. Entity 51 has the opportunity to develop a new name to promote unity and new beginnings.” – Mayor Brittany Merrifield, Town of Grand Bay-Westfield.

“This is a really great first step to bring our communities together” – Shelly Totton, LSD Transition Committee Representative.

“I am hoping that everyone gets involved in the naming process, including the younger generation” – Louis Gigou, LSD Transition Committee Representative.

Get involved! Volunteer opportunity: Naming Committee of Entity 51


Residents of Grand Bay-Westfield and a portion of the LSD of Westfield West are invited to participate in the local decision-making process of naming Entity 51 by becoming a volunteer member on the Naming Committee.

The Naming Committee of Entity 51 is an Advisory Committee of Council which makes recommendations on matters related to the naming of Entity 51 including:
Call for name submission process;
Deciding on top choices from names submitted;
Process for communities to vote on top choices;
Providing the final name recommendation.

The Naming Committee of Entity 51 is seeking a total of 5 volunteers:

3 residents from Grand Bay-Westfield
2 residents from the portion of the LSD of Westfield West

The remainder of the Committee will include 2 members of Town Council and the 2 LSD Transition Committee representatives.

Naming Committee Members must be residents within the boundaries of Entity 51. Members must also be 18 years of age or older.

The length of the term expected is until May 2022. Participation on this Committee will require attending meetings. These meetings may be in-person or virtual and will typically take place in the evening.

If you are interested in serving on the Naming Committee of Entity 51, kindly submit your request via email to

Application deadline: Friday, February 25, 2022 at 12 noon.

If you wish to receive additional information, please email or call 738-6400.

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