Sunday, December 11, 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.-------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--

Julie Ali feeling blessed.
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I went to the awards ceremony for our human rights champions at the JHC.
I was pretty burnt out by the time I got to the point of nominating Ruth Adria for the award and I had no expectation anyone would recognise the value of her selfless devotion to the most vulnerable citizens in our society but someone did.
The John Humphrey Centre (JHC) recognised her.
I am very tired of yapping about the people without a voice in our society but Ruth Adria has been doing this sort of yapping and more for decades in Alberta.
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I don't know how she does it. The awards ceremony was very interesting as they had a good speaker who told use we are all human rights defenders which is good because to be quite frank I thought I was just a stay at home mum who didn't like the junk being faced by my handicapped sister and certainly feel it should end. Going to this awards ceremony was useful because I finally figured out what I was doing. I was doing human rights in children, youth, adults and seniors. I was doing human rights in able bodied folks and in disabled folks. I was speaking out. I was standing up. It is hard to do when I would much rather be reading a book but there you go. Once you are personally hurt by the junk that is going on in Alberta--you will become a human rights defender. You understand what others are going through because you have been through the junk as well.
The good speaker was someone called Mdm. Marie-Cluade Landry; I tried to get all her speech down but it was hard to capture it all. Ruth also gave a short speech which basically said here she was a nice woman and getting slammed by the GOA and everyone else for standing up for the poor seniors. It is outrageous isn't it? Everyone is afraid to speak and when we speak we get sued like I am being sued.
Being a human rights defender (HRD) means we help out every chance we get and in every way we can to speak for those without rights or voice in our society. This is a big mandate and I usually fulfil the requirements for being a HRD by yapping on the blog and on Facebook. Yapping in this way has not been very productive but at least I get to help real HRD champions such as Ruth Adria and a previous JHC award winner--Velvet Martin. They're good women. We need good women and men more than ever in our world to stand up for the rights of those without rights.
We need all of you. Please help.
http://www.jhcentre.org/news-blog
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
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