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February 13, 2002
Mayor's Community Safety Awards promote safer communities
The City of Toronto is launching a series of annual awards to recognize
individuals and organizations that make communities across Toronto safer places
to live, work and play. The annual Mayor's Community Safety Awards have been
developed by the Task Force on Community Safety to recognize the contributions
of people who work to make their communities safer places to live.

Each year, six award 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. Abused women and their children
5. Private sector initiatives to promote safety and violence prevention.

Individuals will be eligible in a sixth category: Outstanding commitment to
community safety.

"These award categories encompass the wide range of success stories we have
heard about on the Task Force on Community Safety," said Councillor Brad Duguid
(Scarborough Centre, Ward 38), chair of the Community Services Committee and
the Task Force on Community Safety. "When we did extensive consultations across
the city in 1998, we were all impressed with the exciting things that people
were doing to improve safety. These awards are a chance for us to formally
acknowledge some of these community leaders, and to highlight some truly
important success stories."

Each award winner will receive $500 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.

Awards are open to groups, individuals and organizations that are located in
the City of Toronto and provide support to Toronto residents. Initiatives must
have taken place within the past three years. City of Toronto staff and
programs are not eligible to receive the awards. Civic employees can be
recognized through their CityWatch program.

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 for the 2002 awards is 4 p.m. on March 30, 2002. Award
winners will be notified by early April 2002.

Nomination forms for the inaugural 2002 Mayor's Community Safety Awards will be
mailed to hundreds of organizations involved in community safety initiatives.
Forms will also be available by calling Toronto Social Development and
Administration at 416-392-5617.

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