Justice and Public Safety
September 20, 2019

The following is being distributed at the request of the Human Rights Commission of Newfoundland and Labrador:

Nominations Open for Human Rights Award

The Human Rights Commission of Newfoundland and Labrador would like to advise the public that nominations are now open for the annual Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Award. This award will recognize an individual, living or deceased, who has made and/or continues to make a meaningful contribution to advancing and furthering human rights in the province.

The deadline for nominations is October 31, more details and the nomination form can be found online at www.thinkhumanrights.ca external link. The award will be presented at Government House in St. John’s at a special ceremony on December 5, in celebration of International Human Rights Day.

If you would like to complete the nomination form in an alternative format or have questions about the nomination process, please contact the Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Commission:

By telephone at 729-2709 or 1-800-563-5808
By email at humanrights@gov.nl.ca

Or by mail to:
Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Commission
PO Box 8700
St. John’s, NL
A1B 4J6

The 2018 Human Rights Award winner was Kim White. At age three, Kim acquired a disability due to a spinal cord tumour. Kim fulfilled a life-long dream to become a teacher, but fate intervened when it led her on a career journey outside her original vision of being “a traditional classroom teacher”. Kim is the former Executive Director of the Coalition of Persons with Disabilities where her work focused heavily on education and awareness, leading task forces, developing resources and facilitating info sessions and workshops for projects such as Emergency Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities, Inclusive Electoral Processes and Inclusive Customer Service.

Last year, two people were also named Human Rights Champions. Anastasia Qupee, the first female Grand Chief of Innu Nation from 2014 to 2017, and Joanne Thompson, the Executive Director of The Gathering Place.  

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Learn more
Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Commission external link

You can also follow on Twitter: @nlhumanrights external link and by using the hashtag #nlrights.

Media contact
Carey S. Majid
Executive Director
NL Human Rights Commission
709-729-2709
careymajid@gov.nl.ca  

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