Call for Nominations - Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case

    OTTAWA, June 10 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of
Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages and Minister for La
Francophonie is pleased to announce the Call for Nominations for the 29th
Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case.
    "Equality for women and their full participation are important not only
for women, their families and their communities, but also for our country.
More than ever before, we need women leaders - of all ages - to help keep our
country strong - economically, socially and democratically. The Government of
Canada is proud to recognize those that work tirelessly to promote the
equality of girls and women in Canada," highlighted Minister Verner.
"Recipients of these Awards continue the tradition of courage, integrity and
hard work that the Famous Five inspired in significant and substantial ways
that enrich their communities."
    The Awards were instituted by the Governor General 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 they and their many contributions paved the way for women to
participate in other aspects of public life.
    Five awards in addition to one Youth Award are presented annually to
candidates chosen from across Canada.
    A noteworthy change to the eligibility criteria has been made in respect
to the age categories. To be eligible for nomination, candidates must be
Canadian citizens and over 30 years of age or between 15 and 30 years of age
for the Youth Award.

                  Deadline for nominations is July 15, 2008

    For more information about the Awards criteria and for a nomination form,

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For further information:

For further information: Dominic Gosselin, Press Secretary, Office of
the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, and
Minister for La Francophonie, (819) 997-7788; Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director
General, Communications and Strategic Planning, Status of Women Canada, (613)
995-7839; Ce texte est également disponible en français. This release is also
available on the Status of Women Canada web site:

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