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October 18, 2012
City of Toronto proclaims Persons Day and announces award recipients
Mayor Rob Ford has proclaimed October 18 as Persons Day in the City of Toronto, honouring the 1929 Privy Council decision that women should be considered 'persons' under the law, thus allowing them to run for public office. City Council established the Constance E. Hamilton Award in 1979 to mark the 50th anniversary of Persons Day and to honour Constance E. Hamilton, the first woman elected to a municipal council in Toronto in 1920.

The women members of City Council have chosen Carolyn Egan and Ceta Ramkhalawansingh as the 2012 recipients of the Constance E. Hamilton Award. “We continue to be inspired by women who often work with limited resources and without recognition to improve the lives of others. Since these awards were established 33 years ago, City Council has honoured the heroic contributions of people who have helped to improve the status of women in Toronto,” said Councillor Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale), on behalf of the women members of City Council.

Egan is an ardent trade unionist, feminist, human rights and political activist who has worked for over 40 years to improve the lives of women in Toronto. Ramkhalawansingh is well known for her professional contributions to City Hall and for her volunteer advocacy and community service contributions over the past 40 years.

The awards will be presented during the City’s annual Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards program at City Hall on December 5.

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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Executive Assistant to Councillor McConnell



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