October 15, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Do you know someone who deserves recognition for human rights work?

Nominations are open for the annual Manitoba Human Rights Commitment Award and the Dr. Sybil Shack Human Rights Youth Award, the Manitoba Human Rights Commitment Awards Committee announced today.

“Every year, on International Human Rights Day, we acknowledge work done in various communities that has had an impact on the advancement of human rights,” says Dianna Scarth, Executive Director of the Manitoba Human Rights Commission.

“We are asking Manitobans to consider submitting a nomination for either the Commitment or Youth Award,” she says, adding, “the work and effort of many often goes unnoticed by those outside their community. This event is a celebration and gives individuals or groups the recognition they deserve.”

This year the Commitment Award will recognize work, which has advanced human rights by overcoming discrimination based on mental disability. The youth award will recognize a youth group or young person who has promoted respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms within Manitoba.

Past human rights award recipients include Chuck Duboff, Winnipeg Harvest, Marceline Ndayumvire, Kathy Mallet, Sherri Walsh, Phil Fontaine, Chris Vogel and Richard North. The Dr. Sybil Shack Youth Award, which began in 2005, has been awarded to the Maples Collegiate Unity Group and Tasha Spillett.

The Manitoba Human Rights Commitment Awards Committee consists of representatives from the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, the Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties and the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

The deadline for nominations is November 9, 2007. For more information on the award criteria, you can contact the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, The Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties or the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

For more information please contact:

Patricia Knipe
Communications Director
Manitoba Human Rights Commission
204-945-5112