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November 26, 2010
City awards recognize achievements in human rights
Friends, families and colleagues gathered last night to honour 13 award recipients at Toronto’s annual Human Rights Awards ceremony. The ceremony marks Human Rights Day - December 10 - and celebrates the efforts of 12 individuals and one organization to advance human rights in Toronto.

“Toronto has always been a place that values social justice," said Mayor David Miller. "I'm proud of our record, which is why it's important to celebrate our accomplishments and never stop fighting for more and better human rights for all. A city that loses sight of social justice and human rights is a city without a heart and is not the kind of city Torontonians want.”

Mayor Miller was joined by Councillors Janet Davis (Ward 31 Beaches-East York), Paula Fletcher (Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth), Joe Mihevc (Ward 21 St. Paul's), Gord Perks (Ward 14 Parkdale-High Park) and Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), as well as City Manager Joseph Pennachetti to make presentations to community activists for their human rights volunteer work. The recipients were further praised in an Honour Song by Canadian Folk Music Award nominee Brenda MacIntyre.

The work of the 12 residents and one organization has contributed to the elimination of violence, racism, sexism, homophobia, homelessness, hate crimes, hunger, poverty and illiteracy in Toronto.

The 2010 recipients of the Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards are:
Aboriginal Affairs Award - Angela Connors, Kenn Richard
Access Award for Disability Issues - Catherine Leitch, Asif Syed, Centennial College's START Smart Program
Constance E. Hamilton Award on the Status of Women - Cindy Cowan, Tam Goossen, Tonika Morgan
Pride Award for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Two Spirited Issues - André Goh
William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations - Dr. Alvin Curling and Hon. Roy McMurtry (joint award), Courtney Betty, Arnold Minors

Biographies of the recipients can be found on the City’s website at

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contacts:
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Diversity Management and Community Engagement,
City Manager’s Office, 416-392-6824,
David Clark, Strategic Communications, 416-392-7542,



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