Persons Case Awards 2018 – Celebrating gender equality advocates


This year marks the 39th anniversary of the Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case. They were established in 1979 by the government of Canada, with the support of former governor general, the Right Honourable Edward Schreyer.

Canadians have until July 4, 2018 to submit nominations for this year’s Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case

Peter Schiefke, Member of Parliament for Vaudreuil-Soulanges, on behalf of Status of Women Canada, is calling for nominations for the 2018 Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case. Each year, these awards recognize Canadians, including youth, who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of gender equality.

Gender equality depends on all people – regardless of gender – being empowered with opportunities to participate fully in democratic and public life, to attain economic security, and to live free from violence. The Government of Canada is firmly committed to achieving gender equality, and recognizing the contributions of individuals who are playing a key role in that effort is essential; their work can inspire others to make a difference in our country and in the world. When Canadians come together, when we join forces, we can make significant strides towards gender equality.

Last year’s recipients were Betsy Bury (Saskatoon, SK), Micheline Dumont (Sherbrooke, QC), Dr. Ramona Lumpkin (Halifax, NS), Elizabeth Sheehy (Ottawa, ON), Linda Slanina (Kitimat, BC) and Melissa Sariffodeen (youth recipient – Toronto, ON). Their successes shaped Canada for the better; we have all benefited from their contributions.

While nominations are accepted year round, the deadline for nominating someone for the 2018 awards is July 4, 2018. Get inspired by visiting the Status of Women Canada website at which includes a list of past recipients, videos, and the nomination package.

“In Vaudreuil-Soulanges, we know that gender equality is not just the right thing to do, but it is the smart thing to do – for our economy, for our families and for our society,” said Schiefke. “But it doesn’t happen on its own; it takes persistence, commitment and sustained effort from all of us to make gender equality a reality. Fortunately, people in Vaudreuil-Soulanges are working every day to do just that. This year, let’s recognize their tremendous efforts by nominating a neighbour, colleague, or friend for a Persons Case Award.”

Quick facts:

  • The Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case were created in 1979 to mark the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking Persons Case, which changed the course of history for women in Canada.

  • Over 200 people from coast to coast to coast have received the award since 1979.