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New Brunswick Human Rights Award

The New Brunswick Human Rights Commission periodically seeks nominations for the annual New Brunswick Human Rights Award.

Nominations for the 2016 Human Rights Award must be received by June 1, 2016. Here is the nomination form, which you can download and complete using free Adobe Reader software.

The Human Rights Award was established by the Human Rights Commission in 1988 to mark the 40th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Through this award, the Commission recognises individuals and organisations in New Brunswick that have shown outstanding effort, achievement and/or leadership on a volunteer basis in the promotion of human rights and equality, and as such serve as examples to all New Brunswickers.

In commemoration of New Brunswick Human Rights Day, the Human Rights Award is presented annually at a ceremony held around September 15, which is New Brunswick Human Rights Day.

Each recipient receives a framed Human Rights Award certificate and a pewter Human Rights Award lapel pin. The photos of all the recipients are displayed in the Human Rights Commmission's board room in Fredericton.

The Award is a sculpture of walnut and maple designed and crafted by Lawrence Wuest of Cross Creek, New Brunswick. It is on permanent display at Old Government House in Fredericton, where it may be viewed by the public. The names of all the recipients of the award are listed on the base of the sculpture.

Detailed information on the nomination process is set out below. If you have any questions, please phone 1-888-471-2233 or email hrc.cdp@gnb.ca.

1988: John Calder
1989: Dr. Abdul Q. Lodhi
1990: Gemma Pelletier Caron
1991: Judge Graydon Nicholas
1992: Dr. Fred Hodges
1993: Richard Blaquière
1994: Rev. James Leland
1995: Huberte Gautreau
1996: Dr. Joanne E. McLeod & Madhu Verma
1997: Rev. Eldon Hay
1998: Lena O'Ree
1999: Claudia Simon & Gilbert Sewell
2000: Hampton Elementary School
2001: Alida Léveillé Brown
2002: Multicultural Association of Fredericton Inc.
2003: Eugène LeBlanc
2004: Dr. Russell McNeilly
2005: Guy LeBlanc O.N.B.
2006: Hampton John Peters Humphrey Foundation
2007: Speaker Noël A. Kinsella
2008: Ken Pike
2009: Woodstock High School Lady Thunder hockey team
2010: Elizabeth Fry Society of Saint John, N.B. Inc.
2011: Émilienne Basque
2012: Ralph Thomas
2013: John Wood
2014: Corinne Gallant
2015: Bernard Richard

The selection of an individual or group recipient of the Human Rights Award is based on exceptional achievement on a volunteer basis to promote human rights and equality in New Brunswick (in Canada), as defined in the New Brunswick Human Rights Act.

The Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination and harassment ---mainly in employment, housing and public services--- based on the following grounds: race, colour, religion, national origin or place of origin (place where persons or their ancestors were born), ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, social condition (source of income, level of education, occupation), political belief or activity, sexual orientation and sex (incl. pregnancy and gender identity).

Please note that each nomination is considered for three consecutive awards. It is not necessary to renominate a person or organization that was nominated for the last award, or the award before that.

The following are not eligible for the Award:

  • Persons who are deceased
  • Politicians or political organizations
  • Persons or organizations that have already received the Award

Activities taken into consideration include:

Achievements:

  • Successes
  • Results
  • Impact

Efforts:

  • Personal risks taken
  • Time expended
  • Sacrifices made
  • Years of service

Leadership:

  • Inspiration or motivation given
  • Co-operation fostered
  • Organisations or programs created
  • Example set
  • Innovations undertaken
  • Unpaid leadership positions held

Here is the nomination form, which you can download and complete using free Adobe Reader software.

Each application must include the information below, which should be verified by the nominee. Please be specific (e.g. dates, names of organizations, positions held). The documentation submitted MUST NOT EXCEED 8 PAGES in length (plus the two letters of recommendation). Please print clearly or type.

1.1 Name of the nominee (person being nominated)
1.2 Address of the nominee, including postal code.
1.3 Telephone numbers of the nominee.

2.1 Name of the sponsor (person or group submitting this nomination).
2.2 Address of the sponsor, including postal code.
2.3 Sponsor's telephone numbers.
2.4 Name of the contact person, if the sponsor is a group.
2.5 Telephone numbers of the contact person.

3.1 If the nominee has promoted human rights and equality with respect to one or a few of the grounds listed in the Human Rights Act (race, colour, religion, national origin or place of origin (place where persons or their ancestors were born), ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, social condition (source of income, level of education, occupation), political belief or activity, sexual orientation or sex), please state the applicable ground(s) and describe for each such ground the nominee's achievements, efforts and/or leadership on a volunteer basis in New Brunswick.

3.2 Alternatively, if the nominee has not focused on any specific ground listed in the Act, please describe the nominee's achievements, efforts and/or leadership on a volunteer basis in the promotion of human rights, equality, non-discrimination and respect for diversity in general, in accordance with the Human Rights Act.

4. How much impact has the nominee had? In what geographical area within New Brunswick?

5. How are the nominee's volunteer activities exceptional or outstanding?

6. Why would the nominee be a good example or role model for New Brunswickers with respect to the advancement of human rights and equality?

7. If the nominee is an individual, please enclose a short biography or résumé. If an organization, provide its mission and objectives and a short history.

8. If the nominee has won other awards for contributions to equality and human rights, please indicate the award, sponsoring organization and the year.

9. Please enclose two letters of recommendation that support this nomination.

Checklist

In order for your application to be considered complete, certain information must be included.

Have you...

  • included the name, address and telephone number of the nominee?
  • included the name, address, and telephone number for the sponsor?
  • included the name of the contact person if the sponsor is an organization?
  • stated the ground(s) (race, colour, religion, national origin or place of origin (place where persons or their ancestors were born), ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, social condition (source of income, level of education, occupation), political belief or activity, sexual orientation or sex) where the nominee has promoted human rights and equality?
  • alternately, described the nominee's achievements, efforts and/or leadership on a volunteer basis in the promotion of human rights, equality, non-discrimination and respect for diversity in general (if the nominee's activities have not focused on any specific ground)?
  • indicated the impact the nominee's activities have had, and in what geographic area within New Brunswick?
  • described how the nominee's volunteer activities are exceptional or outstanding?
  • stated why the nominee would be a good example or role model for New Brunswickers with respect to the advancement of human rights and equality in New Brunswick?
  • provided a short biography or resumé, if the nominee is a person?
  • provided a mission statement, objectives and a short history, if the nominee is an organization?
  • indicated types of other awards won by nominee for contributions to equality and human rights, together with the name of the sponsoring organization and the year?
  • enclosed two letters of recommendation that support this nomination?
  • ensured that the documentation does not exceed eight pages (plus letter of recommendations) in total?

Nomination kits should be mailed to:

New Brunswick Human Rights Award
N.B. Human Rights Commission
751 Brunswick Street
P. O. Box 6000
FREDERICTON, N. B.
E3B 5H1

Alternately, nominations may be faxed to (506) 453-2653 or emailed to hrc.cdp@gnb.ca.

Nominations for the 2016 Human Rights Award must be received by June 1, 2016.