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March 20, 2006
City wants to honour achievements in human rights
Do you know someone whose outstanding contribution is helping to build an inclusive and equitable city? Celebrate these accomplishments. Nominate these community leaders for an Access, Equity and Human Rights Award. Nominees must be residents of the city of Toronto.

Deadline for submitting nominations is Monday, May 15.

Aboriginal Affairs Award: to honour the volunteer contributions in the Aboriginal community of Toronto. Contributions can be for services or advocacy work on issues such as health, shelter work, street work, governance and self determination, human rights or cultural activities.

Pride Award: established in 2003 this award honours the volunteer contributions of person(s) or organizations whose efforts have been significant for the well being and advancement of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual and two spirited community in Toronto.

Access Award: established in 1982 and given to a person, group or organization that has made a significant contribution towards improving access for people with disabilities in Toronto. “Access” can include designing new or renovated structures; an employment program; a transportation system; a recreational or leisure program; or contributes to people with disabilities living independently.

William P. Hubbard Race Relations Award: established in 1989, this award is named in honour of Toronto’s first African-Canadian Councillor, first elected in 1894. The City gives this award to a person or persons whose outstanding achievement and commitment has made a distinct difference towards the elimination of racism and prejudice and the creation of a climate of racial harmony and respect.

Constance E. Hamilton Award: established in 1979, this award was named after the first woman member of City Council, elected in 1920. The award commemorates the Privy Council decision of October 18, 1929, which recognized women as “persons” thereby permitting their involvement in all aspects of public life. Nominees must be individuals whose actions have been significant in securing equitable treatment for women in Toronto.

Nomination forms are available by phone (416-392-8592; TTY: 416-338-0889 or Multilingual Services, call Access Toronto: 416-338-0338) or at

Media contacts:

Ceta Ramkhalawansingh
Diversity Management and Community Engagement
City Manager’s Office

David Clark
Corporate Communications



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