2011 Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case
In 1929, five women from Alberta, known as “the Famous Five,” won a historic legal battle to have women recognized as persons in Canada and therefore eligible to hold appointed or elected office. In 1979, the Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case were established to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this landmark decision. The awards honour Canadian women who have contributed to the advancement of women’s equality. This year’s awards were presented at Rideau Hall on October 18th by the Governor General of Canada, the Right Honourable David Johnston. The 2011 recipients were Madeleine Boscoe (North Vancouver, B.C.), Nancy Hartling (Riverview, N.B.), Lucie Joyal (Boucherville, Que.), Sharon Donna McIvor (Merritt, B.C.), Kim Pate (Ottawa) and youth award recipient Amber JoAnn Fletcher (Regina).