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With just three weeks until the doors are thrown open, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights honoured its hundreds of volunteers.

More than 300 of them gathered in the museum’s Garden of Contemplation today to hear how much the museum values their contributions.

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CEO Stuart Murray said "volunteers are like a generous giving thread of energy."

Bill Stannard, a retired computer systems analyst — and a newly minted CMHR volunteer — said he wants to help the public learn about human rights.

"I love the diversity of the Red River Valley," Stannard said.

"It’s the mixing and meeting place of all sorts of people... The isolation molded us. The climate, too. We had to get along with each other."

Federal Heritage Minister Shelly Glover said the CMHR will teach people about human rights.

"My children and future generations will benefit from the telling of these stories here," Glover said.

The museum opens on Sept. 20.

Kevin.Rollason@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 7:01 PM CDT: Fixes typo.

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