Dr. Pamela Palmater, Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration and Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University, has been awarded the 2016 J.S. Woodsworth Woman of Excellence Award. The award was presented by Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath at a ceremony held 29 May 2016.
“Award recipients have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to human rights, equity and the fight to end racial discrimination. Together, they have worked for the rights of all people in Ontario to live with respect and dignity. They have made important contributions to the province in their work to eliminate racism, by fighting prejudice and hatred based on colour, race, or ethnic origin,” Horwath said.
The J.S. Woodsworth awards are presented annually to individuals and organizations from across Ontario for significant contributions towards the goal of eliminating racial discrimination in our society.
The awards are named after J.S. Woodsworth, the first leader of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), the forerunner of today's New Democratic Party (NDP). Woodsworth fought against racial and religious discrimination in Canada, and stood up for the right of all Canadians to vote, regardless of skin colour or socioeconomic status.
“J.S. Woodsworth represents our shared goal of ensuring all of Ontario’s communities participate fully and equitably in building a better future, and making this province a better place to live for everyone,” Horwath said.