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November 27, 2008
City awards recognize achievements and mark anniversary of human rights charter
Friends, family and colleagues gathered this evening to honour 10 recipients at the City of Toronto’s annual Human Rights Awards ceremony. This year, the ceremony also marked the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The declaration recognizes the inherent dignity and equal and intrinsic rights of all people.

“Toronto is an example to the world of how a society can work together for the benefit of all its members,” said Toronto Mayor David Miller. “As residents of this great city, we are proud to see our diverse communities come together in an atmosphere devoted to dignity and respect. It is our absolute commitment to these principles that serves us so well.”

Mayor Miller was joined by Councillors Shelley Carroll, Adrian Heaps, Pam McConnell, Joe Mihevc and Kyle Rae to make presentations to community activists for their human rights volunteer work.

Seven residents and three organizations received awards. Their work is contributing to the elimination of violence, racism, sexism, homophobia, homelessness, hate crimes, hunger, poverty and illiteracy in Toronto.

The 2008 recipients of the Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards were: Aboriginal Affairs Award - Yvette Nolan, Métis Artists’ Collective; Access Award for Disability Issues - Out from Under (Ryerson University, together with Royal Ontario Museum), Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT); Constance E. Hamilton Award on the Status of Women - Deena Ladd and Heather McGregor; Pride Award for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Two Spirited Issues - Anna Willats; William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations - George Elliott Clarke, Avvy Go and Dr. Carl E. James.

Biographies of the recipients can be found 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 contacts:
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Diversity Management and Community Engagement, Strategic and Corporate Policy/Healthy City Office, City Manager’s Office, 416-392-6824,
David Clark, Strategic Communications, 416-392-7542,



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