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UPDATE: Barlow to receive Humanitarian Alumni Award, June 1

Carleton Now reports, “Maude Barlow has pushed for clean water to become a human right. …Barlow will receive the Humanitarian Alumni Award, which recognizes graduates who have made significant contributions to society.”

The article adds, “She graduated from Carleton in 1974, and has since dedicated her life to advocacy – including the right to clean water. She currently chairs the Council of Canadians, and chairs the board of the Food and Water Watch, based in Washington, D.C.”

In his letter to Barlow, the Chair of the Awards Committee Jay Nordenstrom says, “The award selection committee is of the opinion that you are the most worthy and deserving recipient of this honour in view of your passionate commitment and efforts to promote social justice, tremendous accomplishments and contributions around advocacy for citizen’s rights, and protection of the environment. Your tireless efforts and leadership reflect the values of Carleton University – responsive to the needs of the community, conquering adversity, and skilled and determined to meet the needs of local and global communities. You continue to inspire and motivate us all.”

Barlow has commented, “I’m very honoured to receive the Humanitarian Alumni Award. To be considered a humanitarian by my peers and the university I attended is very special. …I loved my time at Carleton.” And with her four grandchildren in mind, she adds, “We have a responsibility to leave our world at least as good as we found it, and better if possible.”

The award ceremony will take place at the Alumni Leadership Gala on Saturday, June 1, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. in the Atrium of the River Building, Carleton University.

Congratulations Maude!