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December 8, 2006
Media Advisory City of Toronto to receive Coat-of-Arms sculpture from wood carvers
Mayor David Miller will accept a hand-carved basswood sculpture of the City of Toronto coat of arms on behalf of the Toronto Government in a presentation by the Ontario Wood Carvers Association.

The 20 association members who worked on the carving this fall will be on hand for the unveiling of the Coat-of-Arms. Guided by master carver Tom Gallagher and specifications for the Coat-of-Arms, the carvers put about 300 hours of work into the project.

Date: Monday, December 11
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Protocol Lounge, Mayor’s Office, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

The Ontario Wood Carvers Association, a charitable organization founded in 1978, is the recognized leader in the development of wood carving in Ontario. The association has some 300 active members who conduct classes, participate in shows and competitions, and promote the art of wood sculpture throughout Ontario and beyond. The Toronto Coat-of-Arms carving is the latest in a number of sculptures that the association has donated to public organizations over the years. Others recipients include the Government of Ontario.

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 contacts:
Michael Booth
Mayor’s Office
City of Toronto

Tom Gallagher
Ontario Wood Carver's Association



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