Prior to her appointment to the UN, Madame Arbour served as a Justice on the Supreme Court of Canada. Madame Arbour sided with the majority in Chamberlain v. Surrey, where the court ruled that local school boards could not restrict the use of books designed to promote tolerance of same-sex relationships. She is also widely known for her role as Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda.


The award will be presented by UFCW Canada, Canada’s Largest Private Sector Union and the event Gold Sponsor, at Egale’s 2011 Gala, Speak Easy: Stand Out, Speak Up, on Friday, September 23, 2011, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Toronto. Honorary Co-Chairs are Salah Bachir, President of Cineplex Media, and Senator Nancy Ruth, CM. All proceeds from the event will support Egale’s national Safe Schools Campaign to combat homophobic and transphobic violence and create a more inclusive school environment for all.
Egale is Canada’s LGBT human rights organization: advancing equality, diversity, education, and justice.


When: September 23, 2011
Where: Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Toronto
Time: Reception, 6:00pm, Dinner, 7:00pm
Tickets: Corporate/Union Table of 10 – $3,000; Individual Tickets – $225
For more information: Helen Kennedy, Egale, t. 416-270-1999,
Naveen Mehta, UFCW Canada, t. 416-708-4724,