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August 17, 2006
City of Toronto and Foresters invest in Flemingdon Park youth
Young people from the Flemingdon Park neighbourhood are receiving employment opportunities thanks to a partnership between the City of Toronto and Foresters in support of Toronto’s Community Safety Plan. As part of their multi-faceted approach, Foresters has launched an internship program as well as investing in Flemo City Radio. Foresters today announced the first two young people taking part in its internship program.

“The City of Toronto is grateful to Foresters for responding to the urgent need for employment, and training for young people in Flemingdon Park,” said Mayor David Miller. “Toronto’s Community Safety Plan continues to create real opportunities through the combined efforts of our community, government and private sector partners so that Toronto’s youth can flourish in a strong, safe city.”

Foresters is creating six paid internship placements for a period of four months each, enabling Flemingdon youth to gain job experience and training in a variety of roles at the head office of the international life insurance organization. The internships will be staggered in two placements at a time, which began in August 2006 and will commence every four months into 2007.

“As a long standing neighbour of Flemingdon Park, Foresters is particularly pleased to support and invest in the future of our own community,” said George Mohacsi, President and CEO of Foresters. “By investing not only our financial strength, but our time and talent - in partnership with the City - we hope to foster a healthy, safe neighbourhood. Toronto’s Community Safety Plan resonates with Foresters because of our long tradition of helping build strong communities.”
Foresters other initiatives currently being developed to assist youth, include investing in Flemo City Radio, a small community radio station operated by young adults for youth that is also supported by the Ontario Science Centre. Flemo City Radio recorded today’s announcement of the internships for future broadcast and provided guests a tour of their operations.

The Ontario Science Centre has supported this initiative by providing equipment and recording facilities and technical support. Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation is providing space at the Flemingdon Resource Centre for the Flemo City Radio live broadcasts.

The initiative supports one of the four key pillars of Toronto’s Community Safety Plan that calls for youth opportunities for education, employment and engagement. Toronto’s Community Safety Plan also focuses on a strong neighbourhoods strategy, a community crisis response protocol and youth justice initiatives that balance enforcement with prevention.

Community Safety Plan initiatives are guided by the Mayor’s Advisory Panel on Community Safety, chaired by Chief Justice Roy McMurtry, which brings together government and community leaders to provide advice and identify new approaches and priorities for a safer Toronto.

Founded in 1874, Foresters helps individuals and families achieve financial security with its innovative portfolio of life insurance products and annuities. Foresters shares its financial strength with its members, who are customers, through complimentary life, health and education benefits that help its 850,000 eligible members and their families in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Foresters provides opportunities that inspire its members to make a difference in their communities. For more information, please visit

Media contacts:

Audrey Egan
Community Development Officer

Toronto Social Development
Finance and Administration Media Hotline

Irene Shimoda
Public Relations
416-429-3000, ext. 4651



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