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February 24, 2003
Mayor's Community Safety Awards takes on a new partner, expands for second year
Toronto - Today, the City of Toronto launched its second annual
Mayor's Community Safety Awards program, which will feature cash awards to
individuals and organizations that make communities across Toronto safer places
to live, work and play. The awards were developed by the Task Force on
Community Safety to recognize the contributions of people who work to make
their communities safer places.

In 2003, six recipients will be recognized. Groups, organizations and
businesses will be eligible for awards in the following categories:
1. Strengthening neighbourhoods
2. Children, youth and their families
3. Youth violence prevention
4. Women who are abused and their children
5. Business sector initiatives

Individuals will be eligible in the category of "Outstanding commitment to
community safety."

"In our first year of awards, we saw many groups and individuals who were out
there, every day, making safety their priority. This kind of community
commitment is worth celebrating again this year," said Councillor Brad Duguid
(Ward 38 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Task Force on Community Safety.
"These awards help us learn what's working across Toronto, and what
communities, organizations and individuals are doing to make their city safer.
That's an important message that we need to share with all citizens, and the
awards give us a great chance to celebrate some of these successes."

"Bell Canada is thrilled to be associated with a partnership that helps to make
our communities safer," adds Terry Mosey, President, Bell Ontario. "It is vital
that we support those that play a significant role in strengthening our city as
a first class location to live, work and play."

The award amount for 2003 is higher than in the inaugural awards year, due
primarily to the generous support of Bell Canada, which shares a commitment to
promoting safer communities. Bell has added $1,000 to each award. Five winners
will now receive $2,000 to be used for violence prevention work. As well,
representatives from the Mayor's office will present each award winner with a
plaque at a special awards ceremony, planned for May 2003.

Awards are open to groups, individuals and organizations that are located in
the City of Toronto and provide support to Toronto residents, and initiatives
must have taken place within the past three years. City of Toronto staff and
programs are not eligible to receive awards. Instead, these success stories
will be highlighted through a special program, "CityWatch."

Nominations for the Mayor's Community Safety Awards will be reviewed and
assessed by a team of City of Toronto staff, and representatives from the
community-based and business sectors.

The deadline for entries is 6 p.m., March 31, 2003. Award winners will be
notified in April 2003, and the awards ceremony will be scheduled for May 2003.

Nomination forms for the 2003 Mayor's Community Safety Awards will be mailed to
hundreds of organizations involved in community safety initiatives. Forms will
also be available on the City of Toronto Web site at, or by calling Toronto
Social Development and Administration at 416-392-8697.

Media Contact
Councillor Brad Duguid,
Chair, Task Force on Community Safety,
416-392-0204 (office)

Michelle Munroe
Social Development and Administration Division,
Toronto Community and Neighbourhood Services,



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