Canada's National Human Rights Recognition Program to Honour Jane Rule, Jack Layton and Five Others

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Q Hall of Fame Canada: On October 03, 2013, seven people who exemplify what it means to be Canadian will be honoured for their work advancing human rights at a black tie gala held at the Toronto Region Board of Trade.

These individuals exemplify the best in all of us and remind us of our humanity.

Seven outstanding Canadians to be honoured at national human rights recognition program for their contribution to Human Rights. On October 03, 2013 at a red carpet gala, Q Ball, held at the the Toronto Region Board of Trade Jane Rule, Jack Layton, the Reverend Dr. Brent Hawkes, and four others will be recognized for their significant contributions to the struggle for human rights and full equality for Canadians. Ted Northe, widely considered to be one of the founding fathers of the LGBT Liberation movement in Canada and the United States, is the keynote speaker at this illustrious event.

Hosted by internationally renowned performance artist, The Unstoppable Conni Smudge, with performances by Jazz legend Jayleen Stonehouse, country music star Patrick Masse and award-winning pop artist Jeffery Straker, Q Ball is widely considered to be one of the most sought-after events to attend in Canada. With a champagne reception and a plated dinner served by renowned chefs Oliver and Bonacini, it is a gala event that rivals any in the world.

The Q Hall of Fame is Canada's only national showcase that commemorates the diverse history of Canada's Human Rights Movement. The 2013 inductees are Jack Layton (1950 - 2011), Jane Rule (1931 - 2007), Barbara Snelgrove, Marie Robertson, Reverend Dr. Brent Hawkes, Harold Demarais, and Darrin Hagen.

"Not only is the Hall of Fame about honouring our pioneers, but it is also about documenting and remembering the accomplishments and lives of these amazing members of our community," commented Paul Therien, Chairperson for Q Ball and the Q Hall of Fame. "They are role models for not just members of the LGBT community, but for all Canadians. The Q Hall inductees are a true source of pride, admiration, and dignity for us all. It is through the vision and accomplishments of such pioneers that future generations may better understand and embrace our community and culture."

Over the years, inductees have been persons of great achievement in human rights making significant efforts to ensure our collective freedoms. Their extensive work with human rights and charitable organizations has garnered widespread public support of fellow citizens and tremendous admiration by peers.

Q Ball will be held Thursday, October 3rd from 6:30pm to 11:30pm at the Toronto Region Board of Trade in Toronto. For more info and tickets, visit


The Q Hall of Fame is a national resource headquartered in Vancouver to house and commemorate the diverse history of the LGBT community. Not only is the Hall of Fame about honouring those that have pioneered the rights of the LGBT community, but it is about documenting and remembering the accomplishments and lives of these amazing people. Inductees are selected by an independent committee from nominations received from people nationally within the LGBTQ community.


Q BALL is the biennial celebration of Canada's LGBT Human Rights Pioneers. Founded in 2009 and in its sixth year, Q Ball has been recognized internationally as "Canada's National Pride event".

Keynote speaker in 2013 is Ted Northe, 2009 inductee, friend of Pierre Elliott Trudeau and arguably one of the founding fathers of the LGBT movement in Canada having started his activism in 1958.

For more information, contact:

Paul Therien ptherien(at)qhalloffame(dot)ca

Loretto Turner info(at)qhalloffame(dot)ca

Paul Therien, chairperson for Q Ball, and the founder of the Q Hall of Fame or Loretto Turner, co-chair, will be available for interviews.

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