Human Rights Commission

Chaska Human Rights Award

Do you know an individual or organization that have made a positive impact in our community? Please consider nominating them for the Chaska Human Rights Award. We know there is a lot of good deeds being done in Chaska, and we want to recognize those efforts.

Download the Chaska Human Rights Award Nomination Form (PDF).

Nominations will be accepted through December 15. Completed applications can be mailed or emailed to Elise Durbin.

Meeting Information

Ways to join a meeting

  • In person at Chaska City Hall. The Council Chambers are on the 2nd floor. 
  • Virtually on Zoom
  • By Phone
    • Dial 1-877-853-5247
    • Meeting ID: 878 4636 0688
    • Passcode: 096961

About the Commission

The purpose of the commission is to secure for all citizens, through education and prevention, equal opportunities for employment, housing, public information, public services, education, fair treatment, and full participation in affairs of the community.

The commission’s mission is to proactively partner with government, business, educators, religious, service, and other organizations to promote a community of harmony and respect for the rights and dignity of all.


  • Sarah Carlson - Chairperson
  • Martin Hubbard - Vice Chairperson
  • Celi Haga 
  • Hanne Sandison 
  • Jennifer Welvaert
  • Maryam Ali-Daar
  • Rehn LeSueur 
  • Juhi Ghatti - Youth Representative
  • Vacant - 1st Alternate
  • Vacant - 2nd Alternate

Member Terms & Expectations

Regular members of the Human Rights Commission are appointed for 3-year terms, and the youth representative serves a 1-year term. Commission members are eligible for up to three terms for a maximum of nine years. 

Each member is expected to attend at least 1 meeting per month in the evenings and devote approximately 5 hours per month to commission business outside of the meetings.

Members will work in small groups on specific projects and are expected to have an interest in human rights issues as they relate to such topics as 

  • Housing
  • Employment
  • Public accommodations
  • Education
  • Public services.