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May 12, 2010
Nominations open for 2010 Public Health Champion Awards
Nominations for the 2010 Public Health Champion Awards are now open. The award was established in 2008 by Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, to recognize individuals or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting and promoting the health of Toronto’s residents.

Nominations will be adjudicated by a committee of the Board of Health based on demonstrated achievement in one or more of four areas:
• Providing leadership in efforts to reduce health inequalities
• Fostering collaboration to improve the health of the population
• Building community capacity through innovative health promotion strategies
• Achieving impact by acting as a catalyst for change.

Nominations are open until June 30. Nomination forms and eligibility guidelines are available on the City’s website at

In the first two years, the awards have recognized achievements on a range of local public health issues, from the safety of sex workers to the delivery of health services for the uninsured. Previous winners include:

• Wendy Babcock, 2008, a harm reduction worker at Street Health and outspoken advocate for the safety of sex workers
• Lillie Johnson, 2009, a founding member of Sickle Cell Association of Ontario and leading advocate on behalf of people with sickle cell anemia
• Volunteer Physicians and Dentists, Scarborough Urban Health Outreach Centre, 2008, who provide care to uninsured and vulnerable individuals and families
• Community Matters Toronto, 2009, a grassroots organization in St. James Town that provides a local voice on common issues affecting residents

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. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Susan Sperling,
Toronto Public Health,



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