2016

  • Farhat Rehman: Interfaith champion; advocate for mental health, women’s rights, justice reform and prisoners’ rights; and co-founder of MOMS Ottawa (Mothers Offering Mutual Support), which advocates for the rights of inmates and the importance of family connections through the judicial and incarceration cycle.
  • Jenny Ratansi-Rodrigues: Director General and Corporate Secretary for the Department of Canadian Heritage; feminist and anti-racism and social justice advocate.
  • Melikie Joseph: Teacher at Fanshawe College, Victim Support Worker for the London Police Services; advocate for women, children and their families; human rights and anti-oppression activist.
  • Nadia Kurd: Curator at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery; innovator and creator of inclusive arts programs such as Gathering for Indigenous Arts, Tangled Arts + Disability Festival and arts programming for incarcerated men and women. Her exhibition, “Voices of Women from the Collection” at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery highlighted the gender imbalance in art collections.
  • Rabea Murtaza: Founder of Muslims for Ontario’s Health and Physical Education Curriculum; community worker, teacher, facilitator who has engaged young women of colour facing racism, sexism, homophobia, sexual abuse, incest, assault, among other topics, creating a safe space for dialogue on difficult life issues.
  • Salima Ebrahim: Executive Director of the Banff Forum; recognized for her community and women’s leadership contributions; sought-after speaker on civic engagement, identity, pluralism and diversity.