HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION: Seeking nominations for 2016 Human Rights Awards (by Nov. 4)

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Nova Scotians are encouraged to nominate individuals or groups for the 2016 Human Rights Awards. The awards are presented each year by the Human Rights Commission and Partners for Human Rights, a group of organizations dedicated to creating more respectful communities through promotion of human rights.

"All Nova Scotians have a role in creating more inclusive and supportive communities," said Diana Whalen, Minister responsible for the Human Rights Commission. "During periods of violence, local and international conflict, I urge Nova Scotians to take the time to nominate those who devote themselves to fostering an awareness of human rights and setting an example for others."

Award recipients are chosen in three categories: youth, individual and organization. The individual award has been named the Dr. Burnley Allan "Rocky" Jones Award in honour of the late community leader. Nominations should include people or groups that support projects which advance human rights.

Past winners include students from Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School, Scott Jones of New Glasgow, Warren (Gus) Reed, Dr. Afua Cooper, Sgt. Craig Smith of Halifax and the Nova Scotia Mass Choir.

The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, November 4 at 4:30 p.m. Winners will be announced at a ceremony on Human Rights Day, December 10 in Halifax.

For more information and to download the nomination form, visit http://humanrights.novascotia.ca.

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