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April 23, 2010
Volunteers honoured for enhancing lives of residents in City of Toronto’s long-term care homes
Today, Mayor David Miller honoured volunteers for their dedication and support to the residents who live at the City of Toronto's 10 long-term care homes. The volunteers were nominated by their peers and Long-Term Care Homes and Services staff for the Excellence in Volunteering Awards presented in a ceremony at City Hall.

"Volunteering in our long-term care homes is a rewarding experience that enhances the lives of our residents," said Mayor David Miller. "In celebration of National Volunteer Week, we thank all our volunteers for their generous spirit, their positive energy and their ongoing efforts to help Toronto seniors."

The volunteers recognized at today's event provide support across the city.

In Etobicoke: Marilyn Noble at Kipling Acres; Carolyn Murphy and Cricket the dog at Lakeshore Lodge; and Bonnie Fernie at Wesburn Manor

In North York: Martin Armogan, Jaimes Kumar, Roy Rajendra and Sharanya Rajendra at Carefree Lodge; and Nancy Okee and Raymond Barall at Cummer Lodge

In Scarborough: Nancy Humphreys at Bendale Acres; Jaiwantie Singh at Seven Oaks

In East York: Aleksandra Sorgic at True Davidson Acres

And downtown: Sudhi Rao at Castleview Wychwood Towers; Brenda Semblante at Fudger House; and Jack Harmer with Divisional Head Office.

Also recognized as the recipient of the Mary Ellen Glover Award was Debbie Lister, a resident at Seven Oaks, for her many varied volunteer and advocacy activities within the home that support residents and add quality to their lives.

People who are interested in volunteering in one of the City's 10 long-term care homes can visit for more information.

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 contact:
Sandra Pitters, General Manager, Long-Term Care Homes and Services, 416-392-8907 or



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