Rosemary Brown: Scholarship Award

Apr/20 13:00

Bonsor Recreation Complex 6550 Bonsor Burnaby, BC V5H 3G4

“To be Black and female in a society which is both racist and sexist is to be in the unique position of having nowhere to go but up!” Rosemary Brown (1930 - 2003)

Monday, April 20, 2015 - 13:00

Bonsor Recreation Complex 6550 Bonsor Burnaby, BC V5H 3G4

Rosemary Brown was an inspiring Canadian woman who greatly influenced and affected the global agenda towards equality and justice for all.

Throughout her life, Rosemary worked to break down social economic and political barriers in the hope of achieving a world where all could be equal in dignity, self respect, and human rights.

Rosemary was a distinguished social worker, a politician, an author, a media personality, an academic, a feminist, and a loving mother and grandmother. She was bestowed with 16 honourary Doctorates from Canadian universities and was a member of the Privy Council, the Order of Canada, the Order of BC, and the Order of Jamaica. She was also the first Black woman to be elected to a Canadian legislature and she was the first woman to run for leadership of the federal New Democratic Party. She served as the Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission and she served on numerous Boards and Committees that were committed to equality principles.

Rosemary was fearless. Her tireless efforts, her indomitable spirit, her passion, and her integrity will be forever remembered and sorely missed.

Rosemary Brown Award Winners

Each year a theme is selected and candidates who demonstrate exceptional qualities and achievements in that area are sought by the supporting organizations.

  • 2014: Women's Rights West Coast LEAF
  • 2013: Women in the Labour Movement Alice West
  • 2012: Children's Rights Wilma Clarke
  • 2011: International Development Suzanne M. Taylor
  • 2010: Social Justice & Community Development Jean Swanson
  • 2009: Women in Human Rights The Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign
  • 2008: Women in Politics Margaret Mitchell
  • 2007: Women in the Labour Movement Angela Schira
  • 2006: Children’s Rights Valerie Fronczek
  • 2005: Women’s Rights Barbara Binns

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