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October 15, 2007
City Council announces 2007 Human Rights Awards recipients
City Council has approved two organizations and nine individuals to be recipients of the City’s 2007 Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards for their contribution to advancing human rights in Toronto.

The recipients are:

Aboriginal Affairs Award - Elder Vern Harper

Access Award for Disability Issues - Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre

Constance E. Hamilton Award on the Status of Women - June Larkin, Helen Liu and Beverley Wybrow

Pride Award for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Two Spirited Issues - Rupert Raj, Deb Parent and Central Toronto Youth Services

William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations - Afua Cooper, Anne Gloger, and Kevin Lee

The awards will be presented at a ceremony on Human Rights Day - Monday, December 10 at City Hall. The Awards ceremony will be hosted by Merella Fernandez, weekend anchor, “CityNews Weekend” and reporter, “CityNews.”

Information about the award categories, and previous award winners can be found on the website at For multilingual services, call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 and for TTY service call 416-338-0889.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 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 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Diversity Management and Community Engagement, City Manager’s Office, 416-392-6824,



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