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Nominations open for the 2024 Daniel G. Hill Human Rights Awards

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June 25, 2024

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TORONTO - The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) is pleased to announce that nominations are open for the Daniel G. Hill Human Rights Awards. The purpose of these awards is to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions towards changing the human rights landscape and honour their achievements of advancing, promoting, and fostering a human rights culture across Ontario.  

The awards will be given in the categories of Young Leaders, Distinguished Service, and Lifetime Achievement. The deadline for nominations is August 26, 2024. The recipients of the Daniel G. Hill Human Rights Awards will be announced at an event in Fall 2024. Find out more, including how to nominate.

"The OHRC is delighted to​ ​honour the significant efforts of individuals throughout Ontario who uphold and champion​ human rights.” said Chief Commissioner Patricia DeGuire. “Their efforts help to cultivate an environment in Ontario that acknowledges the dignity and worth of every individual, where people can enjoy equal rights and opportunities without discrimination and harassment."​ ​ 

“I was honoured to have received the Daniel G. Hill Award for distinguished service in its inaugural year. Dr. Hill, a visionary champion of human rights in Ontario, left us a solid legacy that we must collectively carry on in these tough times. Recognizing human rights warriors is so important today in order to continue inspiring equality and justice," said Rabia Khedr, a past winner of the Daniel G. Hill Human Rights Award for Distinguished Service and a former Commissioner of the OHRC.




Quick Facts 

The Daniel G. Hill Human Rights Awards was first established by the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) in 2022 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the enactment of Ontario’s Human Rights Code. The awards are named after Daniel G. Hill, who was the first director and first Black chair of the OHRC.  

The past winners of the Daniel G. Hill Human Rights Awards are:

  • Young Leader Award - Autumn Peltier
  • Distinguished Service Award - Rabia Khedr
  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Kim (Brooks) Bernhardt, David Lepofsky



2022 Daniel G. Hill Human Rights Award Recipients


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Nick Lombardi

Sr. Strategic Communications Advisor
Ontario Human Rights Commission