Emilie Nicolas, Junior Fellow Honoured in Ottawa

Emilie Nicolas, Junior Fellow Honoured in Ottawa

Emilie Nicolas, Junior Fellow and a Vanier Scholar is one of the five 2014 laureates of the Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case. She was awarded for being “an outstanding campaigner for women’s human rights, dignity, autonomy and equality of opportunity.”

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada presented the Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Monday, October 20, 2014.

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 50thanniversary 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.

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