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October 17, 2008
City announces Persons Day Award recipients
The women members of City Council are pleased to announce that Deena Ladd and Heather McGregor are the 2008 recipients of Toronto City Council’s Persons Day Award, named after Constance E. Hamilton who in 1920 was the first woman elected to a municipal council in Toronto.

“We continue to be inspired by women who often work with limited resources and without recognition to improve the lives of others. We salute these heroic contributions,” said Councillor Pam McConnell on behalf of the women members of City Council who select the recipients of the Constance E. Hamilton Award.

Deena Ladd has worked for nearly two decades to improve wages and working conditions for workers of colour, low-wage workers and immigrant workers, who are often the most marginalized and vulnerable. Ladd is the co-ordinator of The Workers’ Action Centre working with predominantly low-waged immigrant workers and workers of colour in contingent jobs that face discrimination, violations of rights and no benefits in the workplace.

Heather McGregor is an advocate for women and children, reaching out to diverse communities to give a voice to those who are unable to have access to institutions. As the CEO of the YWCA of Toronto and her previous leadership roles at several settlement houses, she has been a mentor and advocate for young women and staff encouraging them to achieve their potential. McGregor’s leadership in the social service sector has been widely recognized across the city.

Mayor David Miller has proclaimed October 18 as Persons Day in the City of Toronto to commemorate a 1929 Privy Council decision declaring women to be persons and allowing them to be appointed to the Senate of Canada and included in all aspects of public life. The award will be presented during the City’s annual Human Rights Day Awards program, which will be held on November 27 at City Hall.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of more than 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 contacts:
Councillor Pam McConnell, 416-392-7916,; Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Diversity Management and Community Engagement, City Manager’s Office, 416-392-6824,



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