Persons Case Awards 2019 – Celebrating progress towards gender equality for 40 years

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July 8, 2019 is the deadline to submit nominations for this year’s Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case

May 22, 2019 – Ottawa, ON – Department for Women and Gender Equality

The Department for Women and Gender Equality is calling for nominations for the 2019 Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case. Each year, these awards recognize Canadians, including youth, who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of gender equality. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Awards.

Gender equality depends on all people – regardless of gender – being empowered with opportunities to participate fully in democratic and public life, to attain economic security, and to live free of violence. The Government of Canada is firmly committed to achieving gender equality, and recognizing the contributions of individuals who are playing a key role in that effort is essential; their work can inspire others to make a difference in our country and around the world. When Canadians come together, when we join forces, we can make significant strides towards gender equality.

Last year’s recipients were Rina Arseneault (Fredericton, NB), Shirley Cuillierrier (Ottawa, ON), Rina Fraticelli (Toronto, ON), Charlotte Hrenchuk (Whitehorse, YK), Hélène Lee-Gosselin (Ste. Pétronille, QC) and Alana Robert (youth recipient – Winnipeg, MB). Their successes shaped Canada for the better and we have all benefited from their contributions.

While nominations are accepted year round, the deadline for nominating someone for the 2019 awards is July 8, 2019. Get inspired by visiting the Department for Women and Gender Equality website, which includes a list of past recipients, videos, and the nomination package.

Quick facts

  • The Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case were created in 1979 to mark the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking Persons Case, which changed the course of history for women in Canada.

  • This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Awards. 

  • Over 200 people from coast to coast to coast have received the award since 1979.

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Contacts

Valérie Haché
Senior Communications Advisor
Department for Women and Gender Equality
819-420-8684


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