Murderer speaks from heart

Rick Sauvé spent 17 years in jail for first-degree murder but has since turned his life around and will tell his story at Okanagan College this February.

For more than 30 years he has devoted his life to improving the recognition of prisoners as rights-bearing citizens.

While serving his time in prison Sauvé quickly learned that as an inmate he wasn't allowed to vote.

He spent years studying human rights in hopes of becoming more aware on issues prisoners face.

Sauvé, who holds two degrees in criminology and psychology, challenged the Supreme Court of Canada on an inmate’s right to vote and was successful.

He argued that prisoners remain citizens in a democratic society and should have the right to vote.

His activist work over the years led him to receive the 2017 Ed McIsaac Human Rights in Corrections Award in Ottawa last December.

Only nine people have received this honour.

He will be presenting in the lecture theatres at Kelowna's Okanagan College campus Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. and Vernon's campus on Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.

The public is invited to attend this free event and parking is complimentary.

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