Time to nominate the 2018 recipient of the
Spirit of Barbra Schlifer Award
Barbra Schlifer was an idealistic young lawyer whose life was cut short by violence on the night of her call to the bar of Ontario. Her death sent shock waves across the country. Barbra’s friends, who were to be her law partners, along with many others, established the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic in her honour to commemorate her life and to make the difference that Barbra hoped to make as a lawyer. Today, more than 30 years later, the Barbra Schlifer Clinic assists more than 4,700 women each year to build lives free from violence through free legal representation, counselling services and language interpretation.
The Spirit of Barbara Schlifer Award was established in 2012 to distinguish a woman within the community for her advocacy in the area of violence against women. Now in its sixth year, the Award recognizes the leadership and tireless efforts of a woman who makes a demonstrable contribution to improving the lives of women wanting to build lives free from violence. Her work — either through her paid employment, community leadership or volunteering — challenges prejudice toward gender, race, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, geographic isolation, disability and religious belief.
The Spirit of Barbra Schlifer Award recognizes a woman's lifelong commitment to social justice and in particular, protecting women most vulnerable to the conditions that threaten their rights, dignity and equality.
At last year’s Award ceremony, held during the Annual Tribute, we recognized Loly Rico, the co-director and founder of FCJ Refugee Centre and an undisputed leader for the rights of refugee women facing violence.
Loly immigrated to Canada with her husband and their children to escape political repression in El Salvador in 1990. Through her experience as a refugee, she became acutely aware of the obstacles encountered by refugees and was determined to assist other refugee women escaping violence. In 1991, Loly and her husband, Francisco Rico-Martinez, in collaboration with the Sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus, founded the FCJ Refugee Centre, which helps uprooted people overcome the challenges of rebuilding their lives in Canadian society.
Did we just describe you, or someone you know? Please consider nominating a woman who deserves to be recognized for her effort in preventing and resolving violence against women by filling out our nomination form. The deadline to receive nominations is March 9, 2018.
For more information, please contact Meldina Smith, Director of Administration and Resource Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-323-2502.