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April 4, 2017
City of Toronto recognizes caregivers at Family Caregiver Day event
Today at City Hall, Mayor John Tory, joined by Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre), Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee, Councillor Josh Matlow (Ward 22 St. Paul's), Toronto's Seniors Advocate, partners VHA Home Healthcare, the Ontario Caregiver Coalition, the Toronto Seniors Forum, the ENRICHES Collaborative; and other partner organizations celebrated Family Caregiver Day by recognizing caregivers who care for family and friends in need.

"Caregivers are going above and beyond in caring for their loved ones at home and they deserve this recognition," said Mayor Tory. "The tireless love and compassion they show to friends and family in need of care is admirable."

Dr. Brian Goldman, radio host and emergency room physician at Mount Sinai Hospital, and Dr. Jane Barratt, Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing, gave keynote speeches, and musical entertainment was provided by Canadian R&B singer Jully Black. VHA's Home Healthcare presented its Heart of Home Care Awards to caregivers who provided family or friends in need with the care and support needed to live at home.

“Family caregivers are providing such an important service in our communities,” said Councillor Pasternak. "It's crucial that we support them and recognize the role they play in caring for some of our most vulnerable residents."

The event was live-streamed to eight satellite locations to allow caregivers in different locations to view and participate.

“We know that so much of the care given to older adults in our communities is performed by family and friends," said Councillor Matlow. "They are an integral part of care for Toronto's seniors, and should be commended for their efforts."

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