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Jim Brady Family recognizes grassroots leadership with new award in his honour

The family of Jim Brady has created the new Jim Brady Memorial Medal of Excellence to recognize grassroots leadership for their humanitarian work.

As reported in Eagle Feather News: “I was watching people at the grassroots level who were doing extraordinary things, not for glory or recognition or to better themselves personally, but for the betterment of human kind, said awards spokesperson John Brady McDonald. The inaugural award recognizes the unsung heroes who are selflessly working to fight for human rights, keep culture alive and make the lives of those around them better. “

The Jim Brady Memorial Medal of Excellence was created to recognize grassroots activists, artists, educators, musicians and individual who, by their actions and deeds, have worked towards the betterment of First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities, fostered a greater understanding of Indigenous culture, advocated for marginalized groups, and who have lived by the standards and example set by Jim Brady.

The award was created and designed by John Brady McDonald, grandson of Jim Brady with his auntie’s blessing, Anne Dorion who is the late Jim Brady’s daughter.

14 people were named as the inaugural inductees in 2023 included: Earl Cook, Eric Bell, Christi Belcourt, Tristen Durocher, Andrea Menard, David Garneau, Leah Dorion, Isaac Murdoch, Marcel Petit, Deanna Reder, Donny Parenteau and Maria Campbell. As well as two posthumous awards, to Bernice Sayese and Victor Thunderchild.

For more information: Jim Brady Medal