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The Honourable Landon Pearson O.C.

The Honourable Landon Pearson O.C.

Landon Pearson Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children’s Rights,...

The Honourable Landon Pearson O.C. is a long-time advocate for the rights and well-being of children. From 1994 to 2005, Landon Pearson served in The Senate of Canada, where she became known as the Children's Senator. She served in several influential roles in international affairs, including as the Personal Representative of the Prime Minister to the United Nations Special Session on Children. She then coordinated Canada's National Plan of Action entitled A Canada Fit for Children.

As the wife of a Canadian diplomat she brought up their five children in five countries and learned first-hand about the challenges confronting the world's children. She also learned to listen to her own. Prior to her appointment to the Senate of Canada, she had extensive experience as a volunteer with a number of local, national and international organizations concerned with children. As Vice-Chairperson of the Canadian Commission for the International Year of the Child (1979), she edited the Commission's report, For Canada's Children: National Agenda for Action. From 1984 to 1990, she served as President and then Chair of the Canadian Council on Children and Youth. She was a founding member and Chair of the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children from 1989 until she was summoned to the Senate.

Upon her retirement from the Senate in 2005, Landon Pearson established a Resource Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children's Rights at Carleton University. The Landon Pearson Resource Centre is devoted to promoting the rights of children and youth through disseminating knowledge about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, mentoring students, sponsoring youth participation in a variety of settings, organizing lectures and seminars and coordinating a growing network of child rights scholars across Canada.

Landon Pearson's accomplishments in the field of childhood and children's rights are numerous. She has received many awards, including the Canada Volunteer Award and several honourary doctorates. In 2005, she was one among 1000 women worldwide nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her work on behalf of children. In July 2008 Landon Pearson was appointed to the Order of Canada as an Officer.

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