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November 7, 2003
With two new awards, City announces recipients of the Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards
The City of Toronto is pleased to announce the recipients of the Access, Equity
and Human Rights Awards for 2003. This year, the "Aboriginal Affairs Award" and
the "Pride Award for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Two Spirited Issues" were
added to the roster to further recognize individuals or organizations who have
made significant contributions to access, equity and human rights issues in
Toronto. Recipients are selected from nominations submitted by the public.

The 2003 Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards recipients are:

Aboriginal Affairs Award - Gus Ashawasega, Ruth Ann Cyr and Andre Morriseau

Access Award for Disability Issues - Michelle Amerie, Lembi Buchanan and
Ethno-Racial People with Disabilities Coalition of Ontario (ERDCO)

Constance E. Hamilton Award on the Status of Women - Dr. Bonnie Burstow,
Filomena Carvalho and Margaret Murray

Pride Award for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Two Spirited Issues - Reverend
Dr. Brent Hawkes, Lesbian Gay Bi Youth Line and T.E.A.C.H. (Teens Educating and
Confronting Homophobia)

William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations - Pramila Aggarwal and Dr. George
J. Sefa Dei

The recipients will be honoured at a ceremony to be held at City Hall on
International Human Rights Day on December 10, 2003. The awards ceremony will
be co-hosted by Lillian Allen, writer, poet and professor of creative writing
at the Ontario College of Art and Design, and Jerry Lee Miller, a community and
union activist for social change.

More information about the awards can be found on the Web site,, or by calling 416-392-8592. For multilingual
services, call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 and for TTY service call

Media contact:
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Diversity Management and Community Engagement,
Chief Administrator's office, 416-392-6824



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