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June 11, 2008
Mayor David Miller celebrates Seniors’ Month at the Seniors’ Forum
Members of the Toronto Seniors’ Forum and seniors from Toronto’s diverse populations celebrated Seniors’ Month in style, at City Hall, with an event called Seniors Living in Diversity. The event featured entertainment by seniors’ choirs from the African-Canadian community, dance groups from the Asian and Latin American community, and theatre performances.

The Toronto Seniors’ Forum, composed of older adult volunteers from across Toronto, is a valuable resource that connects seniors (especially newcomers, seniors living with disabilities and seniors with economic challenges) to services in the city. It also helps seniors to understand the political process and become involved in advocating for issues that are important to them. Created in October 2004, the Forum participates in various community engagement events that include community presentations, advocacy projects and public meetings.

“Forum members pride themselves on being a resource for seniors,” said Mildred Margulies, co-chair of the Toronto Seniors’ Forum. “Helping seniors to help themselves is what we’re all about.”

City Divisions, Toronto Parks Forestry and Recreation, Toronto Long-Term Care Homes and Services, as well as the Toronto Public Library, the Ontario Coalition Seniors Citizens Organizations, Ontario Seniors Safety Secretariat and Bringing An Awareness of Seniors Safety Issues To the Community (B.A.S.S.I.C.) had displays at the event that were manned with volunteers eager to answer questions and provide 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. 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:
John Smith, Community Development Officer, Toronto Social Development, Finance and Administration, 416-206-1554,



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