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April 19, 2017
City of Toronto recognizes excellence in volunteering
Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre), Chair of the City's Community Development and Recreation Committee, was joined by other councillors and City officials at the annual Excellence in Volunteering event. This event recognizes individuals and groups for donating their time, energy and skills to enhance the lives of residents and clients in the City's 10 long-term care homes and community programs.

"The volunteers in our long-term care homes play an integral role in keeping residents connected to the community," said Mayor John Tory. "The dedication and kindness they demonstrate is admirable."

Residents' quality of life in the City's long-term care homes and programs is greatly enhanced by the support of more than 2,300 volunteers who contributed 136,000 hours of volunteer service in 2016. The City proudly recognizes and thanks the individuals and groups who support a wide range of services and programs including arts and gardening, friendly visiting, operating the gift shops and bistros, hosting fundraisers, providing end-of-life support and organizing cultural and religious activities and other special events.

"The commitment and empathy that these individuals show to our long-term care homes and residents is remarkable," said Councillor Pasternak. "The range of activities and supports that the volunteers provide obviously make a difference in the lives of others. Large or small, every contribution counts."

Recipients of this year's Excellence in Volunteering Awards are: The Loved Flock (Bendale Acres), Wendy Mackenzie (Carefree Lodge), Ken Kessler (Castleview Wychwood Towers), Ilse Ries (Cummer Lodge), Grace Doe (Fudger House), Flora Oracion (Kipling Acres), Mary Chanonat (Lakeshore Lodge), Jean Eddy (Seven Oaks), Harry Staple (True Davidson Acres) and The Ice Cream Social Volunteers (Wesburn Manor).

George Mallia is the recipient of the divisional award for his long-standing commitment to helping to make special events and fundraising activities a success.

George Carpenter of Kipling Acres received the Mary Ellen Glover Award which is presented annually to a resident volunteer whose contribution makes a positive impact for fellow residents.

Long-Term Care Homes & Services are leaders in excellence and ground-breaking services for healthy aging with a commitment to CARE – Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.

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