Human rights advocate Jean Augustine will receive the Thakore Visiting Scholar Award.


Keeping the spirit of Gandhi alive: Jean Augustine to receive Thakore Visiting Scholar Award

September 25, 2018

Renowned human rights advocate Jean Augustine will receive the Thakore Visiting Scholar Award at this year's Gandhi Commemorative Lecture at SFU, an event celebrating the life and teachings of spiritual and political activist Mahatma Gandhi.

October 2 is the birthdate of Mahatma Gandhi, whose contributions toward establishing world peace and non-violence are unparalleled. His teachings resonate with today’s efforts to resolve conflict, avoid violence, and find peaceful solutions that will make our world a better place.

Two events in early October, organized by SFU professor Eleanor Stebner (the J.S. Woodsworth Chair in the Humanities), the Thakore Charitable Foundation, and the Institute for the Humanities at SFU, will celebrate Gandhi and keep the spirit of his teachings alive.

Oct. 2, 2018: 6:45-7:30 p.m.

Annual Garlanding Ceremony of the Mahatma Gandhi bust in Peace Square at SFU’s Burnaby campus. If you wish to have your name called out for garlanding you must register at After the garlanding ceremony there will be a small reception in the James Douglas room at SFU.

Oct. 3, 2018: 6-8 p.m.

Gandhi Commemorative Lecture at SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St., Vancouver.

The lecture will be delivered by the Honourable Jean Augustine, this year’s Thakore Visiting Scholar Award recipient and a renowned human rights advocate. She made history in 1993 when she became the first African Canadian woman elected to Canada’s House of Commons and, in 2002, the first appointed as a cabinet minister (Multiculturalism and Status of Women).

Her many contributions to social causes include helping create legislation to protect low-income individuals such as single mothers, and introducing the motion that would designate February as Black History Month in Canada. Along with Augustine’s lecture and a formal reception, the Gandhi Student Peace Award will be announced and presented at this event.

Free Public Events

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information visit:

Contact:  and professor Eleanor Stebner ( J.S. Woodsworth Chair

Further Connections:

·      Biography of Jean Augustine

·      Thakore Charitable Foundation

·      History of the Gandhi statue and Garlanding Ceremony at SFU.