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UPDATE: Barlow to receive ‘Heart & Vision’ award for right to water work this evening

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow is set to receive the ‘Heart & Vision’ award from the United Church this evening. As noted on their website, “The 2012 Heart & Vision Celebration will take place at Metropolitan United Church on Monday May 14, 2012. Proceeds will benefit United Church camps. Maude Barlow will receive the Heart & Vision Award for her exemplary commitment to social justice and for her leadership of the international effort to establish the fundamental human right to water.”

“The Toronto United Church Council’s Heart & Vision Awards are presented in celebration of our church’s commitment to social justice. It is the program’s intent to recognize individuals whose lives and work have contributed significantly to the growth of Canada’s embrasure of Social Justice. In an evening of musical celebration, the event also raises funds for significant social causes initiated by the church.”

Past recipients of the award include singer Gordon Lightfoot, director Norman Jewison, street nurse Cathy Crowe, actress Debra McGrath, The Very Reverend Lois Wilson, The Honourable David MacDonald, and actor-comedian Don Harron. As noted on their website, “This evening The Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes will also receive the Heart & Vision Award for his promotion of equality and justice for GLBT people in the church and in Canadian society at large.”

Barlow receives this award on the eve of her eight-city tour to defend the Great Lakes, http://canadians.org/media/water/2012/10-May-12.html.