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The Passing of Former Commissioner Beverley Noel Salmon

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July 13, 2023

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The OHRC is saddened to learn of the recent passing of former Commissioner Beverley Noel Salmon. The first Black female Commissioner of the OHRC (1979-1985), Ms. Salmon sought to improve race relations through her involvement with anti-racism training and initiatives. 

The OHRC honours the life of Ms. Salmon for her work in advancing civil rights and dedication to public service. She was a trailblazer in protecting and promoting human rights, including systemic anti-racism. For her lifetime of civil rights activism and public service, Ms. Salmon received many awards and honours. These include the African Canadian Achievement Award for Excellence in Politics in 1995, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Roll of Honour and an honorary Doctor of Laws from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) in 1999. She was also awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, the Order of Ontario in 2016, and the Order of Canada in 2017.

The OHRC extends sincerest condolences to the family and loved ones of Ms. Salmon. Everyone is saddened by the loss of this champion of human rights, and grateful for her service to all Ontarians.