Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

April 20, 2007 08:53 ET

OPSEU: Louise Arbour Receives Top Union Award

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 20, 2007) - The Ontario Public Service Employees Union will present its highest honour to Justice Louise Arbour, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The union presents the Stanley Knowles Humanitarian Award each year to the individual who best exemplifies the spirit, dedication, and ideals of the late parliamentarian and social democrat Stanley Knowles. Past recipients of the award have included such luminaries as Nelson Mandela, Stephen Lewis, and David Suzuki.

"This award recognizes the courage, dedication, and fierce determination of Justice Arbour in her lifelong fight for human rights and social justice for people and peoples all over the world," said Leah Casselman, president of OPSEU. "These are exactly the values our union strives to uphold in everything it does."

Casselman will officially announce the award today at the union's annual Convention in Toronto. Ms. Arbour is unable to attend the Convention, but accepted the award in March in Geneva.

A seven-minute interview with Ms. Arbour is available on the web at: www.opseu.org/convention/louisearbourvideo.htm

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    David Cox
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