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June 5, 2006
Mayor joins provincial government to celebrate seniors
The Mayor’s Roundtable on Seniors hosted its second annual celebration of Seniors’ Month today in the Council Chamber at City Hall. The event celebrated the ongoing contribution that seniors make to a healthy and vibrant city of Toronto. A keynote address, on the theme of “Seniors in Action,” was given by community activist Fiona Nelson, followed by a short speech by Odino Soligo, 85-year-old world record long distance runner. Displays and information sessions offered seniors an opportunity to learn more about the government and community services that are available to support them.

Mayor David Miller and the Hon. Jim Bradley, Minister Responsible for Seniors, spoke at the reception this afternoon following the keynote address.

“Today we celebrate the achievements and contributions of seniors to the City of Toronto,” said Mayor David Miller. “But today’s event is also about making services more accessible to seniors. All three orders of government must work closely with our community partners to co-ordinate services that enhance the quality of life for all seniors in this city.”

“Seniors’ month is our way of giving back, of acknowledging and thanking seniors for their tremendous contributions to their families, communities and our great province,” said Jim Bradley, Minister Responsible for Seniors. “I encourage everyone to reach out to an older relative, neighbour, friend or colleague and thank them for making Ontario one of the best places in the world in which to live.”

The event is presented by the Mayor’s Roundtable on Seniors, chaired by Councillor Gay Cowbourne. The Roundtable has provided a critical forum for all three orders of government and the community to come together to improve the quality of life for seniors in Toronto.

Media contacts:
Cheryl MacDonald, Social Development, Finance and Administration, 416-397-4494
Councillor Gay Cowbourne, Chair of the Mayor’s Roundtable on Seniors, 416-392-1373



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