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June 14, 2002
City of Toronto honours community groups to celebrate Children's Services Month
  
A reception at Toronto City Hall this morning honoured the contributions of 110
community agencies and programs serving young children in Toronto. The event
celebrated Children's Services Month, May 12 (Mother's Day) to June 16
(Father's Day).

Councillor Olivia Chow, Children's Advocate for Toronto City Council, presented
the certificates in the Council Chamber following the keynote address by bank
executive Charles Coffey, co-chair of the Commission on Early Learning and
Child Care. The independent commission released its report on early learning
and child care last month.

Olivia Chow commented, "This annual event is our opportunity to honour many of
the programs that provide high quality service in their communities. Staff of
these programs demonstrate dedication, consistently going the extra mile in
their service to children and their families."

Recipients of the certificates included schools, child care centres, home child
care providers, family resource programs, child nutrition programs, parks and
recreation programs and library branches. Nominations are usually made by other
providers of children's services and parent groups.

A reception before the presentations included dance performances by several
children involved in a recreational dance program run by Toronto Parks and
Recreation at Hollycrest Community School.


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