PEI Status of Women Praises National Award Winner

CHARLOTTETOWN: The PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women joins in congratulating one of the Island’s well-known lawyers, Daphne Dumont, Q.C., as one of the recipients of the 2009 Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case. She is one of only five women and one youth to receive the award this year, in the award’s 30th anniversary year.

The members and staff of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women had the opportunity to honour Dumont at an October 22 luncheon in the presence of representatives of local women’s organizations and national colleagues from the Coalition of Provincial and Territorial Advisory Councils from across Canada.”We are very proud of Daphne,” states Isabelle Christian, Chairperson of the Council. “Daphne was honoured in 1997 by the PEI Status of Women with an Equality Recognition Award. Women’s equality has been front and centre in Daphne’s life,” says Christian.

“Daphne chose her issues honestly,” she adds. “It should not be lost on us that she was born and raised on Prince Edward Island, where she realized early on in her career that PEI was one of only two provinces which did not have a comprehensive family legal aid program. Many recent improvements to legal aid in this province can be attributed to her commitment in this area and her work with others in other gender equality areas.”

Concludes Christian, “Daphne brought the issue of legal aid and gender equality in the legal profession to the agenda during her tenure as President of the Canadian Bar Association and it is only fitting that she should be honoured in this way, and we extend our heartfelt best wishes to Daphne.”

The Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case recognizes outstanding individuals who have helped to advance the goal of equality for women. The Persons Case created legal history in women’s rights by insisting that women be included in the legal definitions of “persons.”

Daphne Dumont, centre, receives flowers from women's organizations. Left to right: Lisa Murphy, representing LEAF PEI; Isabelle Christian, Chairperson of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women; and Lorraine Phaneuf and Dollie Simon from the Status of Women Council of the Northwest Territories, representing the Coalition of Advisory Councils.

Daphne Dumont, centre, receives flowers from women's organizations. Left to right: Lisa Murphy, representing LEAF PEI; Isabelle Christian, Chairperson of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women; and Lorraine Phaneuf and Dollie Simon from the Status of Women Council of the Northwest Territories, representing the Coalition of Advisory Councils.

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