OTTAWA, April 12 /CNW Telbec/ -
WHAT: On April 15, the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) is
launching a national Youth Commission to celebrate 25 years of the
equality section of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
WHO: Dr. Ursula Franklin will speak at the launch. Dr. Franklin is
University Professor Emerita in the University of Toronto's
Department of Materials Science Engineering and a member of the
Order of Ontario. She has campaigned for social justice, peace and
women's rights and is the figurehead of the group that ushered in
Section 15. The United Nations Association of Canada awarded Dr.
Franklin with the Pearson Peace Medal in recognition of her
Speakers include Saron Gebresellassie, a Youth Commissioner and
York University doctoral candidate. Saron received the YWCA Woman
of Distinction Award and was named in Chatelaine Magazine's "Top
80 Women to Watch" feature.
During the event, students from Ursula Franklin Academy will
debate what social justice means to their generation and how they
envision equality in Canada's future.
WHY: Today's youth are the first generation to grow up under Section 15
of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Youth Commission is
taking the pulse of Canada's youth to discover how social justice
and equality issues impact their lives.
LEAF will publish a video of youth responses, use the feedback to
improve their youth programming and develop a report to support
further research on equality issues in Canada.
WHEN: Thursday, April 15, 2010, 10:05 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
WHERE: Ursula Franklin Academy, 146 Glendonwynne Road, Toronto, ON.
HOW: To arrange pre- or post-event interviews, contact Niki Popper,
Education Program Coordinator at 416-595-7170 ext. 229 or
For further information: For further information: Niki Popper, Education Program Coordinator at (416) 595-7170 ext. 229 or firstname.lastname@example.org