Dr. Morgantaler to receive another award. This one from the Humanist Association of Canada. Press release below.
Executive Director, Humanist Association of Canada
[1ft2b_caption id=”attachment_804″ align=”right” width=”150″ caption=”The Humanist Association of Canada”][/1ft2b_caption]TORONTO, July 10 — The Humanist Association of Canada (HAC) will be bestowing pro-choice champion, Dr Henry Morgentaler with the Lifetime Achievement award during its blockbuster 40th anniversary convention the weekend of August 2. This award honours Dr Morgentaler’s extraordinary efforts in advocating for health, dignity and human rights for all Canadians during his 40 years of service to the organization. For details, please see: www.humanists.ca
The organization is delighted that the timing of the Lifetime Achievement Award coincides with Dr Morgentaler receiving the 2008 Order of Canada award for his decades-long humanitarian work to improve healthcare for Canadian women. This award, our nation’s highest honour, comes on the 20th anniversary of the landmark decision by the Supreme Court of Canada that declared the nation’s archaic abortion laws unconstitutional.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently condemned the decision to award Dr Henry Morgentaler the Order of Canada saying that he feels it may trigger dissension among Canadians. The Humanist Association of Canada, however, feels that this prominent award will help unify Canadians – more precisely, those Canadians who believe in democracy, better healthcare, human rights, and respect for women.
The award ceremony will be taking place during the largest freethought convention in Canadian history: Saturday August 2 to Sunday August 3 at the InterContinental Yorkville Hotel at 220 Bloor Street West, Toronto. This anniversary celebration is especially meaningful to HAC as Dr Morgentaler was its first president in 1968.
Convention highlights include: great food, live music, comedy, a fabulous awards banquet, book-signings and presentations by 12 acclaimed speakers from across North America, including award-winning activists: Chris diCarlo, critical thinking powerhouse and winner of TV Ontario’s 2008 Professor of the Year award; Brian Alters, evolution education champion and co-host of popular CBC series “Project X”; Ellen Johnson, past President of American Atheists; Dan Barker, President of the Freedom from Religion Foundation; Dr Robert Buckman: cancer specialist and past member of Monty Python comedy troupe; and, of course, Dr Henry Morgentaler, Holocaust survivor and pro choice crusader.
The Humanist Association of Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization that supports and promotes educational initiatives to advance critical-thinking and Humanist culture, social and outreach opportunities for non-believers, and advocacy for equality and fairness for all Canadians.