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November 25, 2008
Seventh-annual Mayor’s Community Safety Awards presentation at City Hall
Mayor David Miller joined Toronto residents, corporate partner Bell, the Toronto Police Service and City staff to recognize five initiatives that have made a significant contribution to making Toronto a safer place to live, work and play at the seventh-annual Mayor’s Community Safety Awards.

Mayor Miller praised the projects and the people behind them. “I am incredibly impressed with the creativity the award winners have shown in tackling the problem of violence and looking for ways to make our safe city safer. Using theatre, literature, debate, dialogue circles and skills training, you are improving the lives of youth, seniors and women in communities across Toronto.”

Superintendent Kenneth Cenzura, Unit Commander of the Community Mobilization Unit said, “The Toronto Police Service remains committed to strong, vibrant and productive partnerships with all our community partners to keep our city safe, secure and liveable. We are proud of all the achievements of this year’s recipients.”

The Mayor’s Community Safety Awards, an initiative of the City of Toronto’s Community Safety Secretariat, recognize projects that have made our communities a safer place to live. For the last seven years, five projects have been selected annually for this honour. This year’s winners are:

eYES: Empowering Youth to Empower Seniors (Youth Employment Services) is an inter-generation program designed to empower youth with new skills that will increase their confidence and ability to secure employment.

The Afghan Discourse (The Afghan Discourse) is an Afghan youth initiative that encourages Afghan youth to come together monthly to discuss the social issues that affect them such as marriage, education, parenting, teen issues, violence, discrimination, and racism.

Breaking the Circle of Violence (The Mixed Company Theatre) uses the company’s nationally recognized forum theatre technique to tackle the issue of violence and empower audiences to make positive life changes.

Solace Magazine (Literature for Life) written and produced by young mothers and youth living in Toronto’s Priority Neighbourhoods identifies personal and community violence and features true life stories, a section on protecting yourself and others, and an interactive section.

The Youth Circles Project (Peacebuilders International) helps youth to find alternatives to violence through structured group discussion or ‘Circles.” Adapted from traditional Aboriginal Circles, “Circles” provides a healing dialogue that tackles tough issues and finds a resolution that works for all parties.

As the City of Toronto’s partner in presenting the Mayor’s Community Safety Awards, Bell provided each of the projects with a $1,000 cheque to be used for community safety initiatives. Bell Vice-President for Enterprise Sales, Richard Sheppard commended the Mayor’s Community Safety Awards winners for their efforts to make Toronto a safer place to live, work, and play. “Bell is a proud partner of the Mayor’s Community Safety Awards. I’m delighted that this is our sixth year to do so. We recognize the dedicated leadership of Mayor Miller, and the tireless efforts of thousands of individuals who are working hard each and every day to ensure that our city is safe.”

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 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.

Media contact:
Ida Hersi, Policy Development Officer, Social Development, Finance and Administration, 416-397-0441,



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