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June 6, 2008
Nominations open for inaugural Public Health Champion Awards
Dr. David McKeown, the City of Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, has issued a call for nominations for the inaugural Public Health Champion Awards, created as part of the celebrations marking the 125th anniversary of public health in Toronto.

The awards recognize individuals or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting and promoting the health of Toronto’s residents. Nominations will be adjudicated by a committee of the Board of Health based on demonstrated achievement in one or more of four areas:

  • Providing leadership in efforts to reduce health inequalities.
  • Fostering collaboration to improve the health of the population.
  • Building community capacity through innovative health promotion strategies.
  • Achieving impact by acting as a catalyst for change.
“These public health awards will recognize the achievements of people and agencies that make positive change happen in our community,” said Dr. McKeown. “The awards recognize the vital role played by community leaders and partners in protecting and improving the health of Toronto’s population.”

Nominations are open until July 11. Nomination forms and eligibility guidelines are available on the City’s website at

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: Susan Sperling, Media Relations Co-ordinator, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7974, 416-896-7867 (cell),



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