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December 9, 2008
Toronto Public Service presents $1.3 million to the United Way
The City of Toronto wrapped up its 2008 civic employee campaign for the United Way today, presenting a cheque for $1.3 million to United Way Toronto. It is the largest amount ever raised in the City’s annual United Way campaign. The cheque presentation was made at a recognition event for staff who helped run the Toronto Public Service’s fundraising drive.

“I want to thank and congratulate everyone who contributed to making this year’s campaign a success,” said Mayor David Miller. “I am proud of the 1,200 women and men of the Toronto Public Service who volunteered to help with the campaign, and appreciate the generosity of the thousands of City employees who supported it.”

Mayor Miller also thanked Council colleagues and the City’s employee unions and associations for their support of the charitable fundraising campaign.

Deputy City Manager Sue Corke, the 2008 campaign patron, expressed her appreciation to the campaign team and the contributors. She commented, “The Toronto Public Service has come through for us admirably, raising more than a million dollars to support the extremely valuable programs provided by non-profit social service agencies across the city. The current economic downturn will place ever more pressure on resources to help residents who are in need of compassionate support.”

Today’s wrap-up event included the presentation of awards recognizing the exceptional efforts of selected campaign co-ordinators and canvassers this fall.

“Campaign organizers and volunteers throughout the City deserve a lot of credit,” said Cal Scotchmer, the campaign director. “They and staff in the United Way office have certainly earned my admiration and gratitude.”

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: Cal Scotchmer, City of Toronto United Way Project Director, 416-397-4017, 416-892-1982 (cell),



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