• By: Sofia Donato

Everyone is invited to a Zoom birthday party for Landon Pearson

Above:  The Honourable Landon Pearson speaks at The Landon Pearson Centre on National Child Day, November, 2015 (PHOTO: THE LANDON PEARSON CENTRE, CARLETON UNIVERSITY)

The Honourable Landon Pearson has played an important role in Canada’s history, especially through her long-time advocacy work for the rights of children and youth across Canada and around the world. Pearson's time serving in the Canadian Senate and her extensive experience volunteering in organizations concerning children has earned her the title of “The Children’s Senator”.

On November 16, Pearson will be celebrating an exciting new milestone — her 90th birthday. In honour of her, The Landon Pearson Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children’s Rights invites you join a Zoom celebration.

The Children’s Senator is an intimate and compelling collection that celebrates Pearson as a catalyst of change in Canada and internationally. Her efforts to construct a children’s rights architecture in collaboration with young people form a legacy that has laid a foundation for children’s rights into the twenty-first century. Pearson’s domestic and global advocacy efforts for children and youth have unfolded over a period of sixty years, including thirty years in the Canadian Foreign Service and eleven years in the Senate of Canada.

“Such a book is long overdue, given Pearson’s lifelong contributions in the area of children’s rights, her reputation as a children’s advocate both domestically and internationally, and her wide-ranging influence on scholars and students alike. The Children’s Senator gives the reader a front-row seat to the depth and breadth of Pearson’s wide-ranging influence and contributions,” says Thomas Waldock, Nipissing University.

In celebration of Pearson, learn more about her influence on children’s rights research, mental health, youth justice and more, by reading The Children's Senator: Landon Pearson and a Lifetime of Advocacy edited by Virginia Caputo with a foreword from Landon Pearson.

Help celebrate Pearson’s inspirational life accomplishments as she celebrates her 90th birthday. The zoom celebration will be hosted on November 16, 2020 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. To attend, click here.