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Human rights honourees to receive unique artwork

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Recipients of the 2012 Human Rights Commitment Award of Manitoba will each receive a unique piece of art created by local artist Jayne Nixon at the Awards Ceremony on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the United Way Building in Winnipeg.

Nixon created the artwork, a stylized candle in kiln-cast glass, to symbolize the human rights work of the three recipients.

The Annual Human Rights Commitment Award of Manitoba recognizes those who have promoted respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and have advanced the rights of Manitobans.

This year’s recipients are Jane Burpee, Education Coordinator with the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society; The Rainbow Resource Centre, a major resource and support centre serving Manitoba’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and two-spirited (LGBTT) communities; and Louise Simbandumwe, director of SEED Winnipeg’s Asset Building Programs and the founder of Run for Rights.

The 2012 recipients of the Sybil Shack Human Rights Youth Award will also be honoured at the reception including Ayla and Van Hamilton of Major Pratt School in Russell, Muuxi Adam, After School Program Coordinator at the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba Inc.; and Chelsea Caldwell, a third-year University of Winnipeg student.

The Youth award recipients will each receive a certificate and a cheque for $100 from the Sybil Shack endowment fund left to the Manitoba Association of Rights and Liberties.

Nixon said in a press release that each of the glass candle awards have slight differences.

"The commonality of form, candle and flame supported on the base, represent the common cause that the recipients have worked toward. The blue flame represents sky and water, freedom, purity, and clarity," Nixon said. "The strength and placement of colour and the position of the flame reveal the individual path that each recipient has taken towards human rights."

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