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In 2011 CCRC chose to honour Les Horne’s lifetime of achievement and commitment to children by presenting his family with a Child Rights Champion award in his memory.

CHILD RIGHTS CHAMPION:  LES HORNE

Les Horne lived out his respect for the rights of children in a lifetime of work with children and fighting for changes when they were treated unfairly.  Les pioneered in:  giving children a voice in what happens to them in child welfare and youth justice; treatment in community homes instead of institutions; individualized plans for young people with many needs; and putting children first in government policies.  Among other achievements, Les Horne was the first provincial Children’s Advocate in Canada and he was a leader in getting the Convention on the Rights of the Child adopted.