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May 7, 2009
Nominations open for the 2009 Public Health Champion Awards
Nominations for the 2009 Public Health Champion Awards are now open. The award was established in 2008 by Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, to commemorate the 125th anniversary of public health in Toronto.

The award recognizes 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 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 June 26. 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. 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.

Susan Sperling
Toronto Public Health
Tel: 416-338-7878



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