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April 8, 2011
City to honour graduates of Toronto Sport Leadership Program
Mayor Rob Ford and City of Toronto staff, in partnership with the Toronto Community Foundation, the Toronto District School Board, the Toronto Catholic District School Board, United Way Toronto and the YMCA of Greater Toronto, will officially recognize this year's graduates of the Toronto Sport Leadership Program.

There are two parts to the recognition on Tuesday. The graduates will be recognized by Mayor Ford in the Toronto City Hall Council Chamber. A reception in their honour will follow at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. The reception's keynote speaker, Ann Peel, is an Olympian and Pan American Games medalist as a race-walker. Peel has also received recognition for her efforts as an equity advocate.

Date: Tuesday, April 12
Times and locations:
9:30 a.m.: Mayor’s remarks, Toronto City Hall, Council Chamber, 2nd floor, 100 Queen St. W.
10:30 a.m. to noon: Reception and ceremony, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen St. W.

As of April 12, a total of about 650 students from 40 secondary schools will have received graduation diplomas after completing 80 to 120 hours of training in the annual Toronto Sport Leadership Program. The program began in 2005. The graduates have obtained certification in first aid, aquatics, coaching, tennis and skiing, and are now qualified to become lifeguards, camp counsellors, coaches and ski and tennis instructors.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 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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Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line, 416-560-8726,



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