Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

September 29, 2009 10:12 ET

Media Advisory/Commemoration of the Persons Case: Governor General to Present Six Awards

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 29, 2009) - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will present the Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case to six laureates during a ceremony to be held at Rideau Hall, on Thursday, October 1, 2009, at 10 a.m.

Eighty years ago, in 1929, five women from Alberta won the judiciary battle that granted Canadian women the right to be recognized as persons. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case. They were established in 1979 by the government of Canada, with the support of former governor general, the Right Honourable Edward Schreyer, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this historic decision. For the past 30 years, these awards have highlighted Canadian contributions to the advancement of women's equality and have celebrated Canada's evolution as an inclusive society.

The 2009 recipients are:

Jeannette Corbiere Lavell, Wikwemikong, Ontario

Daphne E. Dumont, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Bev LeFrancois, Oakville, Ontario

Karen Messing, Montreal, Quebec

Mary Scott, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Pauline Fogarty (Youth Award), Thunder Bay, Ontario

For additional information about the Persons Case award or the laureates, please visit the Status Women Canada Web site.

Members of the media wishing to cover the ceremony are asked to confirm their presence in advance with the Rideau Hall Press Office and must present themselves at the Princess Anne Entrance by 9:30 a.m.

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