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June 14, 2013
City of Toronto announces Public Health Champion award winners
The Public Health Champion Award winners in two categories - individual and organization -
were announced at Toronto's Board of Health meeting today. The award was established in 2008 to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Public Health in Toronto.

"Today we are celebrating the contributions of Colin Hughes, who is awarded the individual Public Health Champion Award posthumously," said Dr. David McKeown, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health. "Colin is remembered for his decades of tireless work to improve the lives of children and families living in poverty."

Hughes was a community worker with the Children's Aid Society for more than 25 years. He was a respected child and family poverty activist, and his many achievements over the years demonstrated an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of children, youth and their families.

The Toronto Cancer Prevention Coalition (TCPC) is the Public Health Champion Award recipient in the organization category.

"Since 1998, the coalition has partnered with others to highlight preventable causes of cancer, and advocate for policies and programs to reduce the high burden of illness from cancer," said Dr. McKeown.

Over the last 15 years, the TCPC has been a leader in education and advocacy to address the major causes of cancer. The coalition has established innovative partnerships to improve the health of the whole population.

Both award winners have influenced policy changes at the City of Toronto as well as provincially and nationally, contributing to people living healthier lives.

More information about the award is available at

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Kris Scheuer
Toronto Public Health



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