The Viceregal Lion
  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
News & Events
  • Print Preview
  • Print: 
  •  Send to Facebook (Opens in a new window)
  •  Send to Twitter (Opens in a new window)
  • Send to E-mail (Opens in a new window)
  • Share: 


Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case

November 9, 2016

Governor General to Present Awards
in Commemoration of the Persons Case in Winnipeg 

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 six laureates at the Manitoba Legislative Chamber on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at 10 a.m. The ceremony will be streamed live online at

This year’s ceremony will take place in Winnipeg to coincide with the 100th anniversary of women first achieving the right to vote in Manitoba in 1916. The Governor General highlights this important milestone through this video This is the second time in the history of the awards that the ceremony will be held outside of the National Capital Region. In 1999, the ceremony took place in Calgary, Alberta, to mark the installation of the Famous Five Statue.

Below is the list of the 2016 laureates of the Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case:

  • Cecilia Benoit, of Victoria, British Columbia, is known for her work in advancing the rights of women and girls through her research and writing, as well as her work in midwifery and maternal care, Indigenous women’s health, and health inequalities facing vulnerable populations.
  • Anna-Louise Crago, of Toronto, Ontario, is dedicated to building gender equality in Canada and abroad through her studies in anthropology and her groundbreaking human rights initiatives.
  • Lucia Lorenzi (youth award), of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, advocates for gender equality by being a prominent voice on issues of rape culture, harassment, misogyny and campus violence. 
  • Pascale Navarro, of Montréal, Quebec, is a journalist and author who is dedicated to advancing women’s contributions and participation in politics and decision making.
  • Norma Jean Profitt, of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia,has relentlessly pursued the interconnected goals of advancing equality for women and girls, and ending gender-based violence.
  • Diane Redsky,of Winnipeg, Manitoba, is a visionary thinker and community leader who has dedicated her life to advancing gender equality, particularly for Indigenous women.

About the Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case
In 1929, five women from Alberta won the judiciary battle to be recognized as persons, therefore making them eligible for appointment to the Senate. The Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case were established in 1979 by the Government of Canada, with the support of then-Governor General the Right Honourable Edward Schreyer, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this historic decision. These awards highlight Canadian contributions to the advancement of women’s equality and celebrate Canada’s evolution as an inclusive society.For additional information about the Persons Case awards or the laureates, visit the Status of Women Canada website at


Members of the media wishing to cover the ceremony are asked
to arrive at the press gallery, room 226, no later than 9:45 a.m. on the day of the ceremony.


Media information:

Josephine Laframboise
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-668-1929 (cell)

Nanci-Jean Waugh
Status of Women Canada
613 251-0054 (cell)

Follow GGDavidJohnston and RideauHall on Facebook and Twitter.