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Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case

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October 14, 2010

Governor General to Present Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present the Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case to five laureates during a ceremony to be held at Rideau Hall, on Monday, October 18, 2010, at 10 a.m.

In 1929, five women from Alberta won the judiciary battle that granted Canadian women the right to be recognized as persons. The Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case 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. These awards have highlighted Canadian contributions to the advancement of women’s equality and have celebrated Canada’s evolution as an inclusive society.

The 2010 laureates are:
Marie Louise Fish, Elgin, Ontario
Lucille Harper, Pomquet, Nova Scotia
Kerline Joseph, Delson, Quebec
Anne Michaud, Montréal, Quebec
Barbara Mowat, Abbotsford, British Columbia

For additional information about the Persons Case award or the laureates, please visit the Status of 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.

Media information:

Marie-Ève Létourneau
Rideau Hall Press Office

Nanci-Jean Waugh
Communications & Strategic Planning
Status of Women Canada