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June 9, 2009
Toronto mayor celebrates Seniors Month at forum today
Mayor David Miller was joined by seniors from Toronto’s diverse populations, including members of the Toronto Seniors’ Forum, and Toronto Community Housing, to celebrate Seniors Month with a “Seniors Living in Diversity” event today at Nathan Phillps Square.

The event, featuring the annual mayoral proclamation and entertainment by seniors’ choirs from the African-Canadian community, dance groups from the Asian and Latin American community and an aboriginal-Canadian smudging, highlighted the valuable contributions that seniors make in shaping the city’s communities.

“Seniors Month provides us with an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the tremendous contribution seniors make to the life and vibrancy of our city. Seniors are a valuable resource and continue to serve as leaders, mentors, volunteers and important and active members of the community,” said Mayor David Miller. “The health and well-being of seniors benefits us all and makes for a successful, healthy and age-friendly city.”

Created in October 2004, the Toronto Seniors’ Forum is a group of older adult volunteers that serves as a valuable resource connecting seniors (especially newcomers, seniors living with disabilities and seniors with economic challenges) to services in the city. The forum participates in various community engagement events, including community presentations, advocacy projects and public meetings. It also helps seniors understand the political process and become involved in advocating for issues that are important to them.

“Toronto Community Housing is committed to creating safe and healthy communities where our more than 26,000 senior tenants can engage their communities and otherwise explore their interests,” said Steve Floros, Acting Chief Operating Officer at Toronto Community Housing. “We are thankful to have a resource like the Toronto Seniors’ Forum to help us deliver on that commitment.”

City divisions including Parks, Forestry and Recreation and Toronto Long-Term Care Homes and Services, as well as the Toronto Public Library and 30 other organizations and groups that provide services to seniors, had displays at the event. The displays were staffed by volunteers who were eager to answer questions and provide information.

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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
James Buttivant. Communications and Marketing Consultant, 416-397-5301,



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