Gerald L. Gall Memorial Fund


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On March 18, 2012, the John Humphrey Centre lost a founding father. Gerald Gall was an inspiration, leader, mentor and friend to the JHC's Board and staff. To learn more about this human rights hero, his biography follows this post.

In this time of loss, we seek to honour the contribution Gerry made to our work, our community, our country and ourselves, and so, at the request of Gerry’s beloved wife Karen, we announce the Gerald L. Gall Memorial Fund.

This memorial fund will pay tribute to Gerry’s legacy of work and passion for human rights as enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and embodied in Canadian values. The family will determine a project fitting Gerry’s memory to be undertaken with the funds donated.

To contribute to the memorial fund, please donate online through CanadaHelps (below), or contact the John Humphrey Centre office at 780.453.2638 to arrange a donation by cash, cheque or credit.

*please makes cheques payable to The John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights*


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Loss of a Hero – Gerald L. Gall (12 June 1946 – 18 March 2012)

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Gerald L. Gall, O.C., President of the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights on March 18, 2012. As one of the three founding fathers of the Centre, Gerry was a compass not only for the work of our organization, but he was also a leader in Canada in advancing human rights. Our hearts are filled with heavy sadness at this loss to our community and country.

Gerry has been a professor of Law at the University of Alberta for over thirty years. He was a barrister and solicitor in the province of Ontario and has served on several boards of directors including the Legal Education Society of Alberta.  He was appointed an Honourary Member  of the Management Board  of the Centre for Constitutional Studies. He is a former Executive Director of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice and the author of the first, second, third, fourth and fifth editions of The Canadian Legal System, a highly acclaimed legal treatise.

As a distinguished teacher, writer and lawyer, Professor Gall dedicated himself to the cause of human rights to the benefit of all Canadians.  His record of accomplishments stands as a testament to what can be achieved through a commitment to excellence in scholarship and public service.  He has been widely honoured for his contributions in the field of human rights. In 1995, the Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission recognized his work and achievements by awarding him the prestigious Alberta Human Rights Award.   He was also the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee and the Alberta Centennial medals. Professor Gall was the 2010 recipient of the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association (Alberta) Distinguished Service Award for Legal Scholarship. In 2001, Professor Gall was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Edmonton has lost one of our heroes - someone we have been proud to know and work with. Rest in Peace Gerry. Our work will continue guided by your spirit and moral leadership. Thank you for all the gifts you have given us.