I am very excited writing to you about our club’s new award. With the cancellation of the Ruby Award we decided to create a club award to do with Human Trafficking.
Our club has been very active in collecting signautures on the petition to change the Criminal Code. These petitions were sent to MP Joy Smith, Kildonan-St. Paul and she presented them in Parliament and was subsequently successful in getting two changes through the CC as a private member. A first in Canadian history.
We met Mrs. Smith at the Maple Leaf Alberta dinner (which supports the safe house in Stoyaniu, Ukraine) in October 2011 where she announced the establishment of the Joy Smith Foundation to raise awareness and provide tangible support ro organizations dedicated to ending Human Trafficking. At that dinner we decided to honour Mrs. Smith by naming the award after her and she gave us her permission.
The award stands on a tripod – Joy Smith, Joy of Achievement and Joy to be contributing positively in an horrendous issue.
The first Joy Award will be presented at our International Women’s Day and Awards Brunch to be held on March 10. Mrs. Smith will be the keynote speaker.
Our hope is that other clubs will be inspired to adopt this Made in Canada award.