The Bank of Canada is calling for nominations of iconic Canadians to appear on the next $5 bank note and the John Peters Humphrey Foundation would like your help to get the Foundation’s namesake commemorated as the next Note-able Canadian.
A most deserving Canadian, John Peters Humphrey was a lawyer, a diplomat, a scholar. He is most Note-able for being the Canadian who wrote the first draft of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the UN in 1948. JPH was born in Hampton on April 30, 1905 and spent the next 90 years devoting his life to enhancing the lives of world citizens by dedicating his talents to the advancement of human rights. Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, once referred to Humphrey as the “father of the modern human rights systems.”
Eleanor Roosevelt referred to the Declaration of Human Rights as the “Magna Carta of all mankind”. The document has been translated into 321 languages and dialects and is probably the most cited legal document drafted by a Canadian.
The process to nominate John Peters Humphrey takes about 3 minutes. Simply go to https://www.bankofcanada.ca/ and follow the links.
For more information on John Peters Humphrey, you can read his biography on the Foundation’s website at http://www.humphreyhampton.org/biography.html.