10th Annual Human Rights Awards: An event that recognizes local human rights heroes

December 5, 2016

Edmonton, December 1, 2016 − The John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights invites the media to join them for their 10th Annual Human Rights Awards and the launch of Ignite Change 2017: A Global Gathering for Human Rights on December 11th, 2016, from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM at the ATB Financial Arts Barn (10330 84 Ave NW).

Held in commemoration of International Human Rights Day, these awards are meant to recognize those in our community who are actively promoting, fulfilling, protecting or educating on human rights, and making our communities a place where all belong, are included and able to participate. Chief Commissioner Marie-Claude of the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Mdm. Marie-Claude Landry, Ad.E. will be the event’s guest and keynote speaker.

Every year awards are given out to recipients, who are local human rights champions who are building Edmonton as a human rights city. This year however we will be awarding our first winner from outside of Edmonton in our efforts to recognize Albertans making an impact. This is followed by the Gerald L. Gall Award for an individual who has made an outstanding contribution and has demonstrated excellence in the protection and promotion of human rights in Canada.

Renée Laporte, a Human Rights Champion recipient in 2015, explains what the award means to her,  “When you are an advocate, you face stigma and discrimination. You feel the hate marginalized communities face, and that drives you to work harder to see them have their rights upheld.” She was recognised for her work of over a decade as an educational assistant, inclusion innovator and pioneer in fostering high risk young women.

This year’s awards recipients are

Robert P. Lee
              Gerald L. Gall Award 2016

Paula Kirman
              Human Rights Champion 2016

Ruth Adria
              Human Rights Champion 2016

Kristina De Guzman
              Human Rights Champion 2016

Roy Pogorzelski
              Human Rights Champion 2016

The John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights envisions a world that manifests a culture of peace and human rights in which the dignity of every person is respected, valued and celebrated.  We work to advance a culture of peace and human rights through educational programs and activities, community collaboration and relationship building guided by the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

For additional information, contact:
Tisha Raj
Project and Communications Coordinator
John Humphrey Centre for Peace & Human Rights
Contact: 780.235.2961 or tisha@jhcentre.org


Peace builders 2017

October 31, 2016

Peacebuilders is an inter-generational dialogue and learning program for Edmontonians ready to have conversations on controversial secular issues while reflecting on the diverse worldviews that frame our perspectives on these issues. Peacebuilders will meet, engage with, and learn from members of various social, ethnocultural and faith communities; reflect on key issues related to diversity and human rights; and, explore Canadian history, identity and values.

In 2017, through a series of skills building sessions, panel talks, and dialogue series, we will be engaging on issues related to gender identity and orientation, sex and morality, as well as medically assisted dying. These dialogues are meant to be reflective on what it is to build communities of inclusion, dignity and peace when we can be at odds on issues.

As Peacebuilders, participants will play a critical role in advancing the voice of Edmontonians on issues related to diversity, inclusion and human rights and will work together to build an Edmonton where the rights and dignity of all are respected and upheld. Participants will develop skills such as witnessing, documenting, reporting and being an advocate in the community for inclusion, dignity and peace.

This program is open to all ages however parental consent would be required for anyone under the age of 18.

Every Tuesday
January 17 - April 04 2017 (13 sessions)
6.30pm-8.30 pm

Interfaith Centre 172 HUB
University of Alberta
HUB Mall, 112 St. N.W.
Edmonton, AB

Participants: Ages 17 and up

Admission: FREE (only 25 spots available)

Register: HERE

Deadline to register: Thursday, December 8 2016


October 24, 2016

Nominations have closed and winners selected for the 10th Annual Human Rights Awards! Recipients are those that are actively promoting, fulfilling, protecting or educating on human rights in our city and making our communities a place where all belong, are included and able to participate. You won't want to miss honouring these amazing people.



                  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11 2016

                                 Doors Open at 1:30 p.m.
                                 Program Begins at 2:00 p.m.
              ATB Financial Arts Barns (10330 84 Avenue in Strathcona)

This year our keynote speaker Marie-Claude Landry, Ad.E. Mdm Landry was appointed as Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission in March 2015, marking a new phase in a career defined by community involvement. Native of Mont-Joli, QC, she obtained her Bachelor’s of Law from the Université de Sherbrooke in 1988, and founded her own law firm located in Cowansville, QC in 1993.

Ms. Landry’s desire to contribute to the well-being of her community has guided her towards many leadership positions, including President of the Centre de santé et de services sociaux La Pommeraie and President of the local Chamber of Commerce. She has worked  to improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable members of her community, in particular by providing support to the United Way of Haute-Yamaska, as well as Au Diapason, a regional center for palliative care. Ms. Landry has also presided over the administrative body of the pediatric center “Main dans la main”, inspired by the works of Dr. Gilles Julien.

The cost of the awards is Free but Admission is FREE but we welcome donations. Donations of $25 and above will be issued a tax receipt from the centre. Donations are also being accepted on our CanadaHelps page in which a tax receipt will be issued automatically.

Space is limited so GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY                                                           

The program will include entertainment, an art showcase, a cash bar and a silent auction.