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March 31, 2010
City honours graduates of Toronto Sports Leadership Program
Mayor David Miller and other City of Toronto representatives, in partnership with Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, the Toronto Community Foundation, Toronto District School Board, Toronto Catholic District School Board, United Way Toronto and the YMCA of Greater Toronto, will pay tribute to graduates of the Toronto Sports Leadership Program.

The graduates will receive congratulations from Mayor David Miller in the Council Chamber, followed by a graduation ceremony and reception at the Metro Central YMCA with keynote speaker Michael “Pinball” Clemons, Canadian Football League legend and Toronto Argonauts Vice-Chair.

Date: Thursday, April 1

Times and locations:
9:15 a.m. - Photo op: Mayor meets with graduates
Committee Room 2
City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

9:30 a.m. - Presentation to Council
Council Chamber
City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

10:30 a.m. to noon - Reception and ceremony
Metro Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor St.

To date, more than 500 students from 30 secondary schools have received graduation diplomas after completing 80 to 120 hours of training from the Toronto Sport Leadership Program. The graduates have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the program and have achieved certification in first aid, aquatics, coaching and skiing. The new graduates are now qualified to become lifeguards, camp counsellors, coaches and ski instructors. Some of them may decide to join past program graduates as employees with Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation.

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:
Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line, 416-560-8726,



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