The New Brunswick Human Rights Commission periodically seeks nominations for the annual New Brunswick Human Rights Award.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
Activities taken into consideration include:
Here is the nomination form, which you can download and complete using free Adobe Reader software.
1.1 Name of the nominee (person being nominated)
2.1 Name of the sponsor (person or group submitting this nomination).
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.
Nomination kits should be mailed to:
New Brunswick Human Rights Award
Alternately, nominations may be faxed to (506) 453-2653 or emailed to email@example.com.
Nominations for the 2016 Human Rights Award must be received by June 1, 2016.