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December 12, 2006
Human Rights activists receive City awards
“Inclusion is not only about providing resources, support and opportunity,” said Mayor David Miller at the opening of the City of Toronto’s annual Human Rights Awards ceremony. Speaking to a packed Council Chamber, Mayor Miller called upon human rights activists to continue their work. “Our success as a city will come from your active engagement with your government in everything that we do.”

Mayor Miller was joined by Councillors Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Janet Davis, Pam McConnell, Joe Mihevc, Gord Perks, Suzan Hall and Kyle Rae to make presentations to community activists for their human rights volunteer work. Ontario Human Rights Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall and Deputy City Manager Sue Corke also participated in the evening ceremony.

Six residents and three organizations whose work is contributing to the elimination of violence, racism, sexism, homophobia, homelessness, hate crimes, hunger, poverty and illiteracy in Toronto received awards.

The 2006 recipients of the Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards were: Aboriginal Affairs Award: Eileen Antone; Access Award for Disability Issues: Best Buddies/Vrais Copains Canada, and Ontario Track 3 Ski Association; Constance E. Hamilton Award on the Status of Women: Parvathy Kanthasamy, Marcie Ponte, and Virginia Rock; Pride Award for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual and Two Spirited Issues: Dick Moore, and PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays); William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations: Douglas Stewart.

Biographies of the recipients are available at

December is Human Rights month in Toronto. This annual ceremony marks December 10, Human Rights Day, when the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in 1948. The Declaration recognizes the inherent dignity and equal and intrinsic rights of all people.

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:
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Diversity Management and Community Engagement, Strategic and Corporate Policy/Healthy City Office, City Manager’s Office, 416-392-6824



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