Human right activist killed in crash

Published on February 18, 2013
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People in Nova Scotia were mourning Monday as news spread that Antigonish human rights activist Pat Skinner was the victim in Friday's crash in James River.

The accident happened at 12:50 p.m. last Friday in James River near exit 30. Skinner's Volvo S60 collided into a Honda CRV that was travelling on Highway 104.  She died at the scene.

"It was with great sadness that I learned of the sudden passing of Pat Skinner, an inspiring Nova Scotian leader from Antigonish community," Central Nova MP Peter MacKay stated in a release Monday.

"Pat has touched many of us through her work over the years, be it as founder of the Antigonish- Guysborough Affirmative Action Committee, the Congress of Black Women Chapter, the Black Development Society and the Nova Scotia Black Cultural Society, she has touched and influenced countless lives in a significant way. Through her work as a human rights advocate and a community builder she will influence generations to come. I will remember Pat for her strength of character, her devotion to her cause, her passion for education and life long learning and her sincerity.  My thoughts and sincere condolences are with Pat's family and close friends.  She will be missed."

The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission also sent out a release on her passing.

As a prominent human rights advocate, her work touched many Nova Scotians and extended well beyond her appointment as a commissioner in 2010, the release said.

Skinner was a recipient of the Human Rights Award in 2006 and a past employee of the commission in the 1980s.

"We are all deeply saddened and her presence at the commission will be truly missed," said Human Rights Commission director and CEO David Shannon. "Pat typified what it is to be a caring member of our Nova Scotia community and our heartfelt condolences go out to her family."