Carleton University today conferred a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, on Jayne Stoyles in recognition of outstanding contributions to international issues of human rights.
Stoyles was honoured during Carleton’s Spring Convocation, where about 3,500 students are receiving degrees over the course of four days.
“If you are open and listening internally, you know, or you will know, what will feel like meaningful work to you and you will be tempted to choose something else over it for any number of reasons: comfort, security, ease, what you believe to be valued by others,” said Stoyles. “Think about this, no one ever looks back and says I should have done something less fulfilling. I should have chosen a job I didn’t care about. I wish I had focused on accumulating more stuff. Nobody says that.”
Stoyles is executive director of Amnesty International Canada, as well as a lawyer and a board member of the International Institute for Criminal Investigations. She served as the first executive director of the Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ) and was founder and chief executive officer of the Philippe Kirsch Institute, which helps fund the CCIJ’s international justice and accountability work.
Stoyles previously served as the program director for the Coalition for the International Criminal Court in New York, a network of 2,000 non-governmental organizations that helped create the court. The coalition was twice nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize during her tenure. She was a senior adviser to the Institute for Global Policy, provided international humanitarian law training for the Red Cross and taught at Carleton’s Department of Law and Legal Studies.
Stoyles was awarded a lifetime Ashoka Canada Fellowship in 2008 and was the 2010 winner of the Tarnopolsky Human Rights Award and the Lord Reading Law Society Human Rights Award. She was named one of the top 50 people in Ottawa by Ottawa Life Magazine in 2008.
“Jayne Stoyles is an international leader who breathes her passion and commitment into the lives of those less fortunate,” said Jennifer Conley, Carleton’s chief advancement officer. “She is an inspiration to everyone in the non-profit sector. She epitomizes the values of community service that resonate so closely with Carleton’s ethos—she is, like our university, truly Here for Good.”
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