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April 30, 2008
Media Advisory - Mayor David Miller honours Homes for the Aged volunteers
At a special ceremony at City Hall this Friday, Mayor David Miller will honour 12 outstanding individuals and groups who generously donate their time, energy and positive attitude to enhance the lives of residents living in one of Toronto’s 10 homes for the aged. These honourees include a singing cappuccino server, a 78-year-old woman who has been volunteering since she was 12, and a woman who has worked tirelessly to create gay-positive environments within the homes.

A key part of the ceremony will be the presentation of the Mary Ellen Glover Award. This award is presented annually to a resident of one of the homes who enhances the sense of community in the home and improves the lives of fellow residents. The 2008 award will be presented to Kerry McShane, who lives at Castleview Wychwood Towers. Mr. McShane is a professional musician and music librarian who started a weekly music program, “Music Vibes” five years ago, which is still going strong despite losing the use of one hand following a stroke. He also plays the piano for “coffee house” and throughout Castleview-Wychwood bringing joy to everyone’s heart. The Mary Ellen Glover Award is named after a renowned advocate for seniors’ issues who was Past Executive Director of the Ontario Association of Residents’ Councils.

Date: Friday, May 2
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: Members’ Lounge, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

Toronto Homes for the Aged are owned and operated by the City of Toronto and are directly accountable to City Council. As a major provider of long-term care in Toronto, the Homes for the Aged Division offers a continuum of services for clients in the community and residents in the 10 homes. The division’s reputation is one of high quality service, innovation and creating a real sense of home for people across Toronto, in a variety of living arrangements. The ongoing efforts of volunteers help to make this happen.

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:
Erin Mulcahey-Abbott, Manager, Fundraising/Volunteer Programs, Homes for the Aged, 416-392-8489,



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