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December 10, 2003
City of Toronto praises its volunteers for work done in the community
It was an evening of celebration on Tuesday, December 9 at Toronto City Hall as
Mayor David Miller and Toronto City Council presented 12 individuals and one
group with Toronto Community Service Volunteers Awards. The volunteers were
honoured for their dedication to helping the most vulnerable residents in their

The 2003 Toronto Community Service Volunteers Awards recipients are:

Children and youth services - Sahar Badawy, Cassandra Lord and Angela Marchese

Community development and community centres - Roger Roberts and Garth Yarde

Community and public health services - Josephine George and the SACC (Sexual
Assault Care Centre) Web site team (Shirley Broekstra, Dianne Brett, Russell
Bronson, Kiran Dhaliwal, Thanancheyan Ehamparam, Damian Novacco, Sirisenthuran
Sivananthan, Umiyal Sivananthan, Elanthiryan Sivapathasundaram, Gowsikan
Thevamanokaran and Casthoory Viswanathan)

Immigrant and newcomer services - Miranda Pinto and Peter Sealy

Seniors services - Alex Gorlick and Dorothy MacKinnon

Housing and homelessness - Michael Boismier and Mark Shapiro

Eric Gam, the commissioner of Community and Neighbourhood Services, served as
master of ceremonies for the evening. Family and friends of the award
recipients watched from the spectator seating area of the Council Chamber as
each recipient received their award from the mayor and the councillor of their
respective wards. On hand were councillors Raymond Cho, Janet Davis, Mike Del
Grande, Mike Feldman, Mark Grimes, Norm Kelly, Joe Mihevc, Jane Pitfield, Kyle
Rae, Bill Saundercook and Karen Stintz.

Each year the City acknowledges the volunteer work of Toronto residents.
Jointly established in 2000 by the Volunteer Centre of Toronto and the City of
Toronto, this is the first year that the awards program is solely administered
by the City.

A selection committee, comprised of established leaders in the volunteer
community, chose the recipients based on four criteria. They had to demonstrate
their understanding of the needs of the most vulnerable residents, their
commitment to and support of the City's motto 'Diversity Our Strength', their
commitment and support of the community-based sector through advocating with
others in their community to develop local or city-wide solutions, and actively
include the community in identifying and problem-solving on issues that affect

For more information, visit or call
416-397-4157 (TTY: 416-338-0889). For multilingual services, call Access
Toronto: 416-338-0338.

Media contacts:
Judy Brooks,
Community Development Officer,

Tanya Imola,
Protocol Officer,



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