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May 22, 2003
Fifth annual Children's Advocate Award for Innovation presented today
The fifth annual Children's Advocate Award for Innovation was presented today
to the 2003 winner - Kid Builders project - at City Council's meeting.
Councillor Olivia Chow, Toronto's Children and Youth Advocate and Councillor
Raymond Cho presented the award.

Kid Builders, a project operated by Aisling Discoveries Child and Family
Centre, focuses on building resiliency and supporting the social and emotional
development of children living in homeless shelters in Scarborough. More than a
hundred children aged 6 to 12 have benefited.

"What a pleasure to present this award to the Kid Builders project," said
Councillor Olivia Chow. "This project is an outstanding example of an
organization showing leadership and making a difference in the lives of young
children who are particularly vulnerable."

"This project is a wonderful example of the innovative work for children
happening in the Scarborough community," said Councillor Raymond Cho.

More than 30 excellent children's programs were nominated for this year's
award. The winner is chosen by a panel of children's services experts in
consultation with the Children's Advocate and recognizes unique and creative
approaches to meeting the needs of children and families.

The Children's Advocate Award for Innovation was established by the Children
and Youth Action Committee. The committee, established in 1998, is made up of
members of Toronto City council, school trustees and community representatives.
The committee works to improve the health and well being of Toronto's children.

For more information visit

Media Contact
Councillor Olivia Chow

Cheryl MacDonald
Children's Services



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