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July 10, 1998
City of Toronto makes pledge to Sheldon Kennedy
  
Today, Councillor Case Ootes, deputy mayor of the City of Toronto, delivered a
pledge to Sheldon Kennedy confirming the City of Toronto's commitment to
continue its fight against child abuse through the City's programs and
services. Kennedy is in Toronto as part of his cross Canada campaign to raise
awareness and understanding of child abuse in our society. Kennedy is also
raising funds to build and endow Anaphe Ranch, a summer ranch for children who
have been victimized by this horrific ordeal.

The children of the City's Parks and Recreation Summer Camp added their voices
and support to those of Deputy Mayor Ootes, while enjoying a variety of
activities and games held in Metro Square to honour the cross Canada in-line
skater. Amid great cheers, Carol Chavez, Toronto Parks and Recreation camp
staff representative, presented a donation of $1,000 on behalf of Toronto's
Summer Camp participants.

Also joining Deputy Mayor Case Ootes were Larry Ketcheson, a Parks and
Recreation Ontario (PRO) representative, Angela James, a member of Team
Canada's World Championship Women's Hockey Team who presented a donation of
behalf of Fran Rider, executive director, Ontario Woman's Hockey Association
(OWHA), and Brad Boise, representing the Metro Toronto Hockey League (MTHL) who
presented a donation of $500.

Sheldon Kennedy is a former NHL player who recently came forward to speak about
his own sexual abuse experience at the hands of his junior league hockey
coach. In an effort to raise awareness about child abuse, Kennedy embarked
upon a cross Canada tour that will cover more than 8,000 km in 136 days while
following the TransCanada Highway.


Media Contact
Simone Simpson
Toronto Parks and Recreation
(416) 394-2720

 

 

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