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September 11, 2012
City of Toronto employees announce United Way goal of $1.1 million
The Toronto Public Service launched its annual United Way Employee Campaign on Nathan Phillips Square today, announcing the campaign goal of $1.1 million. For each of the last 10 years, City employees have raised more than $1 million for United Way Toronto. For the first time, the Toronto Public Service was joined by Toronto Hydro, Toronto Community Housing, Toronto Police Service and Toronto Transit Commission. Collectively, these five municipal organizations have raised over $30 million in the last 10 years.

Mayor Rob Ford said, "The employees of the City of Toronto really care about their community, and that's a great thing."

"City employees are here today to make a difference in the life of someone who depends on the services of United Way agencies," said City Manager Joe Pennachetti. "Employee participation directly and positively contributes to the quality of life enjoyed by the residents of Toronto."

"The tremendous work that the Toronto Public Service does to support this campaign demonstrates our core values of service, stewardship and commitment," said Brenda Patterson, Deputy City Manager and Campaign Patron. "Their involvement is proof that Toronto employees are engaged in helping the local community."

As entertainment for the launch, the Toronto Public Service invited contestants from Toronto Hydro, Toronto Community Housing, Toronto Police Service and Toronto Transit Commission to join them in a singing competition. Kevin Carrington and Francis D'Souza of Citytv hosted the competition. Judges for the competition were singer Divine Brown and Q107 morning hosts John Derringer and Maureen Holloway. The winner was a representative from the Toronto Police Service for his moving rendition of Bring Him Home from the musical Les Misérables.

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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