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April 20, 2012
City of Toronto awards ceremony celebrates long-term-care volunteers
At an awards ceremony today, 39 volunteers received awards for their dedication to enhancing the lives of residents in the City of Toronto's 10 long-term-care homes.

The 39 volunteers received awards from Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 43 Scarborough East), representing Mayor Rob Ford and City Council, and three other councillors at Long-Term Care Homes and Services' Excellence in Volunteering Awards ceremony. The event was held in Toronto City Hall's Members Lounge this afternoon.

The other members of City Council who participated in today's presentations were Councillors Janet Davis (Ward 31 Beaches-East York), David Shiner (Ward 24 Wiillowdale) and Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale).

Councillor Ainslie read from Mayor Ford's proclamation of Volunteer Week. The proclamation of April 15 to 21 as Volunteer Week in Toronto coincides with National Volunteer Week, which celebrates the volunteer efforts of 13.3 million Canadians.

The City of Toronto proclamation can be viewed at

Long-Term Care Homes and Services is proud to recognize its approximately 2,400 volunteers. The volunteers visit residents and support a wide range of services including: arts and gardening programs, therapeutic programs, cultural and religious activities and special events. Long-Term Care Homes and Services' volunteers contributed more than 137,000 hours of service in 2011, which accounts for over 50 hours of time per resident.

The following 39 volunteers received awards at the ceremony today.

Margaret Kasmerski (Bendale Acres), Dianne Cabral-Braun (Carefree Lodge), Dennis McKibbin (Fudger House), Lina Scarpino (Kipling Acres), Keith Shrouder (Lakeshore Lodge), Audrey Mathews (True Davidson Acres) and Molly Sutherland (Wesburn Manor) each received an award for their exceptional service.

Sandra Kerr and Lynda Del Grande received a divisional award for co-ordinating the Caring Clowns program in a number of homes.

Carol Robson (Kipling Acres) received the Mary Ellen Glover Award, presented annually to a resident whose leadership activities have made a positive difference for fellow residents.

Awards were also presented to the following groups of volunteers:

- Bethel Restoration Ministry (Faye Sandy, Garfield Bonnell, Kenneth Farrell, Marian Charles, Lucinda Rhule and Olga Grady) at Castleview Wychwood Towers

- The Physiotherapy Group (Vishnu Joshi, John Baltus and Anthony Sudlow) at Seven Oaks

- Cummer Lodge's Tuck Shop Team (Zainab Ahmad, Yvette Purves, Arthur Freeman, Ken Odell, Eleanor Murdoch, Sneha Raju, Vanessa Rojas, Zainab Ahmed, Bruna Bernardinis, Natalie Reyneke, Ariel Ling, Azadeh Safari, Shurley Sun, Joy Yang, Sandra Millington, Tellie LePera, Cecilia Chung, David Jiang, Linda Tang and Anne Perrelli)

More information about Long-Term Care Homes and Services volunteer programs and its Excellence in Volunteering Awards is available 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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Shane Gerard
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