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October 17, 2002
City recognizes "Persons Day" by announcing award recipients
The women members of City Council have selected the 2002 recipients of the
Constance E. Hamilton Award to recognise "Persons Day", October 18.

The award, named after Constance E. Hamilton, who, in 1920, was the first woman
elected to a municipal council in Toronto, recognizes significant contributions
made to improving the social, economic, cultural or political status of women.

The 2002 recipients are:
- Mubarka Alam, a social worker whose professional and volunteer work has
included culturally sensitive programs aimed at high risk youth, women led
families and under-served areas of the city, has been an advocate on issues
pertaining to women, racism and discrimination.

- Ekua Asabea Blair, executive director of the Rexdale Community Health Centre,
has worked with many community organizations, such as the Somali Immigrant
Women's Association and the Jane Finch Concerned Citizen's Association. She was
instrumental in establishing a dental clinic to serve North Etobicoke.

- Amarna Moscote, founding member and supporter of many organizations,
including Women of Courage and Parkdale Domestic Workers, was involved in the
campaign undertaken by Parkdale Community Legal Services to gain access to
health services for the Canadian born children of undocumented immigrants.

"We continue to be inspired by women who work with limited resources and
without recognition to improve the lives of others. We salute these heroic
contributions," said Councillor Pam McConnell (Ward 28, Toronto
Centre-Rosedale) on behalf of the women members of Council who select the

Mayor Mel Lastman has proclaimed Friday, October 18 as "Persons Day" in
Toronto. This proclamation commemorates a 1929 Privy Council decision,
declaring women to be persons and have the right to be appointed to the Senate
of Canada and to participate in all aspects of public life. In 1979, Toronto
City Council commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Persons Case by
establishing the Constance E. Hamilton Award.

The award will be presented during the City's annual Human Rights Day Awards
program, to be held later this fall.

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