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December 6, 2001
City marks Human Rights Week with awards presentation
In recognition of Human Rights Week (December 6 to 14), the City of Toronto
will host the presentation of three awards at a reception in City Hall's
Members Lounge, Wednesday, December 12 at 6:30 p.m. Presentations will be made
to recipients of the Access Award for Disability Issues, the Constance E.
Hamilton Award for women's issues and the William P. Hubbard Race Relations

The Access Award recognizes people or organizations that have made significant
contributions, beyond legislated requirements, toward improving the quality of
life for people with disabilities in the City of Toronto. Examples of
contributions include consideration of access requirements in the design of a
new or renovated building, job training or recreational programs. This award is
presented to:
- Carolyn Lemon, for establishing a business creating job opportunities
- Frank Prospero, for advocacy of independent living for people with

The Constance E. Hamilton Award is awarded to a person or persons who have made
a significant volunteer contribution to the equitable treatment of women in the
City of Toronto. The award is named for Toronto's first woman councillor,
elected in 1920. This award is presented to:
- Sheila Hambleton, educator and volunteer with services for disadvantaged
- Kowser Omer-Hashi, health advocate against female genital mutilation
- Eslin Payne, Volunteer and activist for the elimination of youth violence and
violence against women

The William P. Hubbard Race Relations Award is named after Toronto's first
African-Canadian councillor (1894-1913). This award honours a person or persons
who have made an outstanding contribution to race relations in Toronto. This
award is presented to:
- Murphy Browne, advocate and activist against institutional racism towards the
black community
- Francisco Rico-Martinez, advocate for refugee rights

December 3, International Day of Disabled Persons, was established by the
United Nations in 1992.
December 6, National Day of Remembrance for the victims of the Montreal
Massacre, the City of Toronto pays tribute to all women who are or have been
victims of violence.
December 10 is International Human Rights Day.

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