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

    OTTAWA, June 30 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Helena Guergis, Minister of
State (Status of Women), is pleased to announce the Call for Nominations for
the 30th Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case.
    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 by Canadian women for
equality. The Famous Five achieved not only the right for women to serve in
the Senate, but also paved the way for women to participate in other aspects
of public life.
    "Equality for women and their full participation in society are important
for women, their families, their communities and our country. More than ever
before, we need women leaders of all ages to help keep our country strong,
economically, socially and democratically," said Minister Guergis. "The
Government of Canada is proud to recognize those who work to promote the
equality of girls and women in Canada. Recipients of these awards continue the
tradition of dedication and determination that the Famous Five inspired to
enrich their communities."
    Five awards in addition to one Youth Award are presented annually to
candidates chosen from across Canada. To be eligible for nomination,
candidates must be Canadian citizens over 30 years of age, or between 15 and
30 years of age for the Youth Award.
    Deadline for nominations is July 31, 2009.

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

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For further information:

For further information: Sherine Mansour, Director of Communications,
Office of the Minister of State (Status of Women), (819) 956-4000; Nanci-Jean
Waugh, Director General, Communications and Strategic Planning, Status of
Women Canada, (613) 995-7839

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