Winnipeggers to be honoured for human-rights work
By: Staff Writer
Ali Saeed (left) and his daughter Misalee Saeed. (GEORGE DOUKLIAS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS ARCHIVES)
Anna-Celestrya Carr (left) and her mother Cheryl-Anne Carr. (PHIL HOSSACK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS ARCHIVES)
WINNIPEG - Two Winnipeggers will be singled out at an awards ceremony next week for their promotion of human rights and freedoms.
Ali Saeed and Anna-Celestrya Carr will be recognized for their work at an awards luncheon Dec. 9 hosted by the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties.
Saeed will receive the 2009 Human Rights Commitment Award of Manitoba. Saeed is a former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience who immigrated to Manitoba in 1984 after he was released from imprisonment in Somalia.
He has sponsored more than 100 refugees through the Ethiopian Society of Winnipeg and has found employment for refugees.
Carr will receive the 2009 Sybil Shack Human Rights Youth Award, given to recognize her support of the Sisters in Spirit national campaign, which raises awareness of the high rates of violence against aboriginal women and girls in Canada.
The awards luncheon will be held at Kum Koon Garden Restaurant, 257 King St., 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by contacting Patricia Knipe at the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, 945-5112, or firstname.lastname@example.org