Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

October 15, 2007 16:50 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General to Honour Six Extraordinary Women in Commemoration of the Persons Case

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 15, 2007) - 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 women during a ceremony to be held at Rideau Hall, on Wednesday, October 17, 2007, at 10 a.m.

These awards salute the contribution of Canadian women to the advancement of women's equality and celebrate Canada's evolution as an inclusive society. With the support of former Governor General Edward Schreyer, the awards were instituted by the Government of Canada in 1979 to honour the 50th anniversary of the Persons Case and the five Albertan women whose determination led to a landmark victory in the struggle of Canadian women for equality.

The 2007 recipients are:

Mildred Burns, Montreal, Quebec

Shari Graydon, Kingston, Ontario

Elaine Hemond, Quebec, Quebec

Wendy Robbins, Fredericton, New Brunswick

Muriel Smith, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Viviana Astudillo-Clavijo (Youth Award) Toronto, Ontario

For additional information about the Persons Case, please visit the Status Women Canada Web site at

Members of the media wishing to attend the ceremony are asked to contact Rideau Hall Press Office in advance.

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