New Brunswick Human Rights Commission

Human rights award to be presented to Woodstock High School hockey team (09/09/11)

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Sept. 11, 2009

WOODSTOCK (CNB) - The Lady Thunder hockey team from Woodstock High School will receive the 2009 New Brunswick Human Rights Award at a ceremony in Woodstock on Sept. 16.

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The team was chosen for the award as a result of support shown by team members for players who were subject to name-calling based on sexual orientation.

"The way in which these young women responded to these incidents by promoting respect and acceptance for sexual orientation diversity within their hockey league serves as a model for the promotion of human rights among youth," said Gordon Porter, chair of the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission. "Individually, and as a team, these women exemplify the leadership qualities in the promotion of human rights that make them worthy recipients of the 2009 New Brunswick Human Rights Award."

The New Brunswick Human Rights Award was created in 1988 to mark the 40th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is awarded annually in recognition of outstanding effort, achievement and leadership in the promotion of human rights and equality in New Brunswick, as defined in the Human Rights Act. The2008 recipient was Ken Pike of Fredericton.

The award ceremony for the 2009 Human Rights Award, as well as the Pioneer of Human Rights Award ceremony, will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 4:35 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at Connell House, 128 Connell Street, Woodstock. A reception will follow.

More information about the New Brunswick Human Rights Award and this year's recipient may be found online.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Joubert, communications, New Brunswick Human Rights Commission, 506-444-3207.

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