Partners for Human Rights and the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission are looking for people and organizations that help promote unity and human rights in their communities. Nominations for this year’s Human Rights Award are now being accepted. “Ensuring the human rights of Nova Scotians are respected and protected is important to making life better for families in every region,” said Ross Landry, Minister responsible for Human Rights. “The human rights award is a significant honour and I encourage people to nominate Nova Scotians deserving of this award.” The award goes to a person or organization that demonstrates a significant contribution to advancing or protecting human rights. “The Human Rights Commission looks forward to honouring and celebrating Nova Scotians who are enhancing human rights and harmony in our communities” said Krista Daley, director and CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. “The commission is constantly working to increase human rights awareness in the province, but we can’t do it alone. “Human Rights is a shared responsibility of all Nova Scotians and we look forward to recognizing those who are working to help us achieve this goal.” Nominations should relate to this year’s International Human Rights Day event theme, Celebrating Unity in our Communities. Pat Skinner, a founding member of the Black Cultural Society of Nova Scotia and Human Rights Commissioner since 2009, received the award in 2006 for introducing housing programs for communities in Upper Big Tracadie, Lincolnville and Sunnyville as well as other community development projects. “I was very honoured and humbled to receive this award. Doing the right thing and advocating on behalf of my community was extremely important to me, and it is rewarding knowing that our efforts were appreciated,” said Ms. Skinner. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Oct. 29. For nomination forms, visit the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission website at www.gov.ns.ca/humanrights/human-rights-award.asp. Nominations can be forwarded by e-mail to [email protected] or faxed to 902-424-0596, attention Louise Adongo. Partners for Human Rights members will consider the nominations and forward recommendations to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. The award will be presented at the International Human Rights Day event, Friday, Dec. 10, at North Preston Community Centre, North Preston.