Stephen Hammond

Stephen Hammond

October 10, 2008 11:01 ET

Reminder: Hometown human rights advocate Winnipeg bound

Attention: Assignment Editor, Books Editor, City Editor, Lifestyle Editor, News Editor WINNIPEG, MANTIBOBA / MEDIA ADVISORY --(Marketwire - Oct. 10, 2008) - Did you know that Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg? Or that one of Canada's most contentious debates on the use of French language outside of Quebec was triggered by a $5 parking fine in Winnipeg? These are just a couple of Manitoba facts from a new book written by Stephen Hammond, an author, speaker and author whose roots in Winnipeg are long and deep. The book is called Steps in the Rights Direction: 365 Human Rights, Celebrations & Tragedies that Inspired Canada and the World (Harassment Solutions; September 2008; $29.95 CD).

Stephen Hammond, will be in Winnipeg on Friday, October 10th from 7pm to 8:30pm at The Carol Shields Auditorium - Millennium Library, 251 Donald Street, to talk about the book.

Winnipeg
When: Friday October 10th / 7:00 - 8:30 pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
Where: Carol Shields Auditorium - Millennium Library - 251 Donald Street, Winnipeg

Author, Stephen Hammond was born in Winnipeg and, at age 24, was Executive Director of the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba. His mother, Gerrie Hammond, was a prominent Winnipeg citizen, a well-known feminist and former Member of the Legislative Assembly and throughout Manitoba, there are scholarships, awards, bursaries and memorial awards in her name. As well, a plaque on the wall of the Winnipeg North End Women's Resource Centre is dedicated to her memory and in recognition of her caring and commitment to issues affecting the women of Manitoba.

Steps in the Rights Direction includes a forward by Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty, and highlights events from Canada and around the world with a diverse collection of the day in the life of human rights from January 1 to December 31. Sixty per cent of the book is Canadian content and all profits from the book go to a variety of charities engaged in the causes of human rights.

The book highlights notable events from Winnipeg, Canada and around the world, an eclectic collection of the day in the life of human rights from January 1 to December 31 (it is not a calendar).

"What could be more fitting than this new book that reminds us of how important human rights are on a daily basis," says Alex Neve. "In doing so, these 365 snapshots underscore that so many of the great triumphs and heart-wrenching tragedies in human rights protection come down, in the end, to a single day, a day that may reflect the very best or the very worst of humanity."

Steps in the Rights Direction: 365 Human Rights, Celebrations & Tragedies that Inspired Canada and the World is Stephen Hammond's second book. His first book, "Managing Human Rights at Work: 101 practical tips to prevent human rights disasters," which came out in 2005, is a staple at many Canadian government and business offices. Thousands of copies have been purchased by the TD Financial Group alone.

Please visit www.stephenhammond.ca to learn more and to order a copy of the books.

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