Canadians have until June 20 to submit nominations for the Governor
General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case
OTTAWA, April 17, 2014 /CNW/ - The Call for Nominations for the 35th Annual Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case
was launched today, on Equality Day, by Status of Women Canada. Each
year, these awards recognize five individuals, including two youth, who
have made outstanding contributions to the goal of equality for girls
and women in Canada.
Canadians are encouraged to nominate candidates from all across Canada
and from all walks of life. Past candidates have been academics,
corporate leaders, volunteers, advocates and artists. While nominations
are accepted all year, the deadline for nominating someone for the 2014
awards is June 20.
The Government of Canada instituted these awards in 1979 to honour the
50th anniversary of the Persons Case and the five Alberta women whose
determination led to a landmark victory in the struggle of Canadian
women for equality.
The Famous Five achieved not only the right for women to serve in the
Senate but helped pave the way for women to participate in all other
aspects of public life.
Persons Case Awards recipients continue the tradition of courage,
integrity and hard work that the Famous Five inspired.
The nomination process is simple. Instructions and a nomination form can be found on the Status of Women Canada web site.
To be eligible for nomination, candidates must be Canadian citizens.
Candidates for the youth category must be between the ages of 15 and 30
Nominations for the 2014 awards must be received on or before June 20, 2014.
The recipients of the Persons Case Awards will be announced in the fall
April 17 is Equality Day, which marks the coming into force of the
equality provisions in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms on April 17, 1982.
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