CAW's Peggy Nash to Receive Hope Award at Gala May 5

May 5, 2011, 3:30 PM EST


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Peggy Nash, assistant to CAW President Ken Lewenza and the newly elected MP for Parkdale High-Park, will be honoured Thursday May 5th  at a gala to raise funds for the North York Women's Shelter.

The North York Women's Shelter is hosting its 6th annual Mother's Day fundraising event Hope Gala to raise funds and to celebrate extraordinary women. Peggy will be honoured with the annual Hope Award, in recognition of her efforts to improve the lives of women and children including more than two decades of advocacy on behalf of women's equality and social justice.

"In a world that often pushes women's rights aside, organizations like North York Women's Shelter are truly a beacon of hope," said Nash. "It is a privilege and an honour to receive the Hope Award."

"The CAW has actively supported women's shelters across Canada, including the North York Women's Shelter, as part of its long standing commitment to end violence against women," said Nash.

Charlene Catchpole, executive director of the North York Women's Shelter, said "Peggy Nash has dedicated her career to promoting women's rights and social justice. We see her as a woman of courage and strength, as someone who truly inspires hope."

Nash will present an award tonight to Gloria John, a former resident of NYWS. Reflecting on her experience at NYWS, John said "Support of the staff at the shelter through the meetings, discussions and counselling has helped my children and I move on with our lives and find peace."

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