Nicole Crellin

Award Nomination:

Community Activism


United for Human Rights/Youth for Human Rights






Nicole Crellin was born in Alexandria, Ontario. She has been married for 43 years and is the proud mother of two children.

Nicole graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Arts in Education to teach French and visual arts and has been teaching for over 30 years.

In 1975, Nicole became the Director of Citizens Commission on Human Rights Québec. She is now the Canadian Director for United for Human Rights and its youth component, Youth for

Human Rights, a non-profit organization with the purpose of

promoting the importance of knowing one’s 30 human rights as

contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)

and inspiring youth to become advocates for peace.

For the last 17 years, Nicole has organized Human Rights Day

Celebrations, uniting community leaders, educators, police

officers, politicians, artists, businesspeople, youth and the public

to enlighten them about their human rights and inspire them to get

involved with human rights education. Nicole has participated for

many years in annual events of Youth Day Global’s festivals, the

York Regional Police’s International Day for the Elimination of

Racial Discrimination, Moksha Canada’s Diversity Festivals and

recently with the Canadian Community Services Organization’s

community events. 

She has educated thousands of youth about their rights through

various lectures, on radio, in TV interviews and in many

community newspapers. 

Nicole has obtained over 7,000 petition signatures requesting the

government to implement mandatory human rights education.