Fonds - Mary Woo Sims fonds

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Mary Woo Sims fonds

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  • 1985-2005, predominant 1994-1995 (Creation)
    Sims, Mary-Woo

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17 cm of textual records

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Mary Woo Sims was born in Hong Kong and became a Canadian citizen in 1978. Sims is a social justice activist, politician, and the former chief commissioner of the British Columbia Human Rights Commission from 1997 to 2001. As the chief human rights commissioner, she helped found the Women Against Violence Against Women (WAVAW) Rape Crisis Centre in Vancouver and recommended to expand the Human Rights Code to include gender identity. Sims was also a candidate for the New Democratic Party in the Port Moody – Westwood – Port Coquitlam district in the 2006 federal election. As an advocate of LGBTQ rights, same-sex spousal rights, employment equity, and co-chair of the Campaign for Equal Families, Sims’ community work has been recognized through awards such as the Chinese National Council’s ‘Chinese Canadian Pioneer’ Award, Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto’s ‘Honoring Heroes’ award, and awards from the Gay Asians of Toronto.

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The fonds consist of records documenting the involvement of Mary Woo Sims with the Campaign for Equal Families and the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Ontario. Included are fact sheets, notes, leaflets, agendas and meeting minutes, correspondence, briefs and reports, press releases, financial records, lists, speeches, legislation, press clippings, and other textual material.

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The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in writing from the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives as the physical owner. Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in the materials. Note that the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).

Preferred citation: Mary Woo Sims fonds, F0018, Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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An appendix 1 for a list of periodicals is available.

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