News Release: The Manitoba Human Rights Commission

December 5, 2012

Winnipeg artist chosen to create art work for human rights award recipients

The Manitoba Human Rights Commission, the Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties and the Canadian Human Rights Commission proudly announce that Winnipeg artist Jayne Nixon has been chosen to create art work symbolizing the human rights work of the recipients of the 2012 Human Rights Commitment Award of Manitoba.

Ms. Nixon said she was very honoured to have been chosen to create this work, which is a stylized candle in kilncast glass.  

"The commonality of form, candle and flame supported on the base, represent the common cause that the recipients have worked toward. The blue flame represents sky and water, freedom, purity, and clarity," she said.

Ms. Nixon also noted that each award has slight differences. "The strength and placement of colour and the position of the flame reveal the individual path that each recipient has taken towards human rights."

The glass work award will be revealed for the first time at the Human Rights Awards Reception on December 6, 2012 at the United Way Building in Winnipeg. The reception begins at 6:00 p.m. with the award ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Annual Human Rights Commitment Award of Manitoba recognizes those who have promoted respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and have advanced the rights of Manitobans.

This year's recipients are:

  • Jane Burpee, Education Coordinator with the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society
  • The Rainbow Resource Centre, a major resource and support centre serving Manitoba's Gay, Lesbian, Bi Sexual, Transgendered and Two Spirited (LGBTT) communities
  • Louise Simbandumwe, Director of SEED Winnipeg's Asset Building Programs and founder of Run for Rights

Also honoured at the reception will be the 2012 recipients of the Sybil Shack Human Rights Youth Award. This year's recipients are:

  • Ayla and Van Hamilton of Major Pratt School, Russell Manitoba
  • Muuxi Adam, After School Program Coordinator at the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba Inc.
  • Chelsea Caldwell, a third year student at the University of Winnipeg

Although there are very few tickets remaining for this event, the media is welcome.

For more information please contact:

Patricia Knipe
Communications Director
Manitoba Human Rights Commission