2014 Persons Case

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October 17, 2014

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 at Rideau Hall, on Monday, October 20, 2014, at 10 a.m.

Below is the list of the 2014 laureates of the Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case:

  • Mary Elizabeth Atcheson, of Toronto, is a women’s rights advocate who uses her legal training and love of the law to champion the cause of equality.
  • Louise Champoux-Paillé, of Montréal, has worked tirelessly for more than 25 years to champion women in senior roles at public and private institutions in Canada.
  • Tracy Porteous, of Vancouver, serves her community through her work to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls.
  • Chantal Thanh Laplante (Youth Recipient), of Moncton, has a passion for community engagement. Her feminist activism has led her to work towards social and legal equality for both sexes.
  • Emilie Nicolas (Youth Recipient), of Toronto, is an outstanding campaigner for women’s human rights, dignity, autonomy and equality of opportunity.


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 award or the laureates, please visit the Status of Women Canada website at women.gc.ca.


Members of the media wishing to cover the ceremony are asked to confirm their attendance in advance with the Rideau Hall Press Office, and must present themselves at the Princess Anne Entrance by 9:45 a.m. on the day of the ceremony.

Media information:

Julie Rocheleau
Rideau Hall Press Office


Nanci-Jean Waugh
Status of Women Canada


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