Honoured for their contributions to human rights


As people and organizations around the world mark Human Rights Day 2012, we’d like to highlight several local groups and individuals who were honoured recently for their contributions to human rights.

Recipients of two awards – the Human Rights Commitment Award of Manitoba and the Sybil Shack Human Rights Youth Award – were announced last month by the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, the Canadian Human Rights Commission, and the Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties, a United Way agency partner.

United Way was proud to host the awards ceremony in our Learning Centre last Thursday evening.

The Sybil Shack Human Rights Youth Award recognizes the work of a person or group of people, 25 years old and under who has had an impact on the advancement of human rights.

Chelsea Caldwell

Chelsea Caldwell, vice-chair of our Youth United Council, is one of the recipients of the 2012 Sybil Shack Human Rights Youth Award

Congratulations to Chelsea Caldwell, Vice-Chair of our Youth United Council, on being named a recipient of the 2012 Sybil Shack Human Rights Youth Award.

Chelsea has been an active human rights champion since high school, is a campus leader with UWinnipeg’s Global College Student Advisory Council and a volunteer with the Canadian Women for Women of Afghanistan.

Ayla and Van Hamilton, from Russell, Manitoba, and Muuxi Adam, the After School Program Coordinator at IRCOM, a United Way agency partner, also received the award.

Louise Simbandumwe

Louise Simbandumwe, director of SEED Winnipeg’s asset building programs, received a Human Rights Commitment Award.

Recipients of the Annual Human Rights Commitment Award of Manitoba include Louise Simbandumwe and the Rainbow Resource Centre.

Louise founded the Run for Rights, and runs the Asset Building Programs at SEED Winnipeg. The program, funded by United Way, offers supports and resources for individuals and families in low income situations as they work toward financial independence. In a recent Winnipeg Free Press article, Louise emphasized the value of the matched savings and money management program training that is offered by SEED and its partners: “It can make a really profound difference in people’s lives. I think the main thing is to invite some degree of stability.”

The Rainbow Resource Centre, another United Way agency partner, works for human rights by  promoting an equal and diverse society, free of homophobia and discrimination.

Jane Burpee, education coordinator at the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society, was also honoured with the Human Rights Commitment Award.

For more information about all of this year’s recipients, visit the Manitoba Human Rights Commission website.

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