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December 9, 2011
City awards recognize achievements in human rights
Friends, families and colleagues gathered last night to honour five award recipients at Toronto’s annual Human Rights Awards ceremony. The ceremony marks Human Rights Day - December 10 - and celebrates advances in human rights in Toronto. December is also the month in which the City proclaims International Day of People with Disabilities (December 3) and the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (December 6).

"The City's proclamation for International Day of People with Disabilities recognizes the gains derived from fuller integration into all aspects of society," said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre) who brought greetings on behalf of Mayor Rob Ford and Council. "Our proclamation for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women reminds us that the elimination of violence against women needs everyone's commitment. The Human Rights Day proclamation recognizes that the inherent dignity and equal rights of all people is something we need to constantly strive for.”

The awards were presented by Deputy City Manager Brenda Patterson, along with Councillors Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Gord Perks (Ward 14 Parkdale-High Park), Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale), Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) and Mike Layton (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina).

The work of the four residents and one organization has contributed to the elimination of violence, racism, sexism, homophobia, homelessness, hate crimes, hunger, poverty and illiteracy in Toronto.

The 2011 recipients of the Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards are:
Aboriginal Affairs Award - Rob Lackie
Access Award for Disability Issues - Ruth Ruth Stackhouse
Constance E. Hamilton Award on the Status of Women - Liliana Angarita
Pride Award for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Two Spirited Issues - Family Service Toronto's David Kelley LGBTQ & HIV/Aids Counselling Services
William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations - Leonard A. Braithwaite

Biographical information is available on the City's website at

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 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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