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August 11, 2006
O’Connor Community Centre plans youth program expansion thanks to $500,000 Government of Ontario grant
The Honourable Mike Colle, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, today delivered a $500,000 cheque to Toronto’s O’Connor Community Centre. This one-time grant is earmarked to fund enhanced programming and construction of new space for youth at the community centre, and addresses a need to provide equitable access to facilities in the community.

“The Government of Ontario recognizes that youth are our future,” said Minister Colle. “On behalf of the Province, I’m delighted to join local MPP David Caplan in congratulating the O’Connor Community Centre on this $500,000 funding. This grant addresses a need in this community to support our local youth.”

Minister Colle also acknowledged and thanked the Honourable Maria Minna MP (Beaches-East York), and the Honourable David Caplan MPP (Don Valley East), for working with him to secure funding for expanded youth programming in the O’Connor community.

“The Province’s investment in the O’Connor Community Centre is one of many ways the McGuinty government is promoting stronger and dynamic communities,” said David Caplan. “Today’s announcement will go a long way to ensure that the youth of this community have a place to develop, learn, and prosper.”

Councillor Gloria Lindsay Luby (Ward 4 Etobicoke Centre), Chair of Toronto’s Economic Development and Parks Committee, was joined by Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff in expressing appreciation to Minister Colle and the Government of Ontario for their support of area youth. “Youth are a priority in all aspects of Parks, Forestry and Recreation’s responsibilities,” said Councillor Lindsay Luby. “Here at O’Connor, this financial support will give a welcome boost to our ability to provide enhanced physical activity, teamwork and skill building programs for young people in this community.”

Minister Colle’s visit to the O’Connor Community Centre kicked off the second annual Youth Unite event at the facility - an event that this year brought together 300 area youth to participate in non-competitive, co-operative sports and activities such as cricket, ringette, drumming and netball in a spirit of camaraderie and fun.

Media contacts:

Rick Byun
Office of Minister Mike Colle

Monica Kucharski
City of Toronto



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