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December 11, 2006
Carvers present wood-sculptured Coat-of-Arms to Toronto
The City of Toronto is the proud recipient of a hand-carved basswood sculpture of the Toronto Coat-of-Arms. Mayor David Miller accepted the gift from members of the Ontario Wood Carvers Association at City Hall today.

The 20 association members who worked on the carving were on hand for the presentation. Guided by master carver Tom Gallagher and using specifications for the Coat-of-Arms provided by the City’s Protocol Office, the carvers devoted almost 300 hours to the project this fall. Much of the carving was done in public at various locations across Toronto.

Mayor David Miller expressed enthusiasm and appreciation in accepting the gift on behalf of the Toronto Government. “This beautiful carving is a wonderful gift to the people of Toronto,” said Mayor Miller. “We will display it proudly at City Hall where thousands of residents and visitors from around the world will be able to see this work of art. Toronto is a truly creative city and we should celebrate that in every way possible.”

The Ontario Wood Carvers Association (OWCA), a charitable organization founded in 1978, is the recognized leader in the development of wood carving in Ontario. The association has some 300 active members drawn from all walks of life who share a passion for working with wood. Members conduct classes, participate in shows and competitions, and generally promote the art of wood sculpture.

The Toronto Coat-of-Arms carving is the latest of a number of sculptures that the OWCA has donated over the years. Others include the Coat-of-Arms for the Province of Ontario, and carvings for the former City of Scarborough and the Ontario Provincial Police. More information about Toronto’s Coat-of-Arms is available at

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of more than 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Michael Booth, Mayor’s Office, City of Toronto, 416-338-7118
Tom Gallagher, Ontario Wood Carver’s Association, 416-284-7814



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