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December 13, 2006
City of Toronto praises its volunteers for contributions to the community
Mayor David Miller and members of Toronto City Council presented six individual volunteers and one group with the 2006 Toronto Community Service Volunteer Award last night at City Hall.

A selection committee chose the volunteers for their exceptional work with community agencies, institutions and projects that contribute to the well-being of Toronto’s neighbourhoods. Their contributions demonstrate the best of volunteerism in Toronto.

Mayor Miller told the large audience, “This year’s award recipients - and many other people like them - are playing an important part in the life of the city. Each is taking the initiative to enrich this city of neighbourhoods. Toronto’s volunteers personify the kind of hands-on civic engagement that is so important to building a great city.”

The following Toronto residents received awards for the following categories:
Sheilah Currie (children’s issues)
Veich Jarrett (youth issues)
Dr. Mario Andres (newcomer issues)
Aimé Sindayigaya (newcomer issues)
Barbara Cooper (seniors’ issues)
Nagarani Manogaran (women’s issues)
Representatives of Flemingdon Park Parent Association (group work)

CBC broadcaster Suhana Meharchand emceed the ceremony. Deputy City Manager Sue Corke also participated in the award presentations and gave the closing remarks.

Many co-ordinators and managers of volunteers attended the event and received warm acknowledgement of their role in ensuring volunteers’ effectiveness and ongoing motivation.

Profiles of the 2006 award recipients are available on the City of Toronto’s website 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 contact:
Kamal Sangha, Community Resources, City of Toronto, 416-392-8527



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