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November 2, 2009
City announces 2009 Constance Hamilton Award recipients
  
The women members of City Council are pleased to announce that Ann Buller and Sonja Greckol are the 2009 recipients of Toronto City Council’s Persons Day Award, named after Constance Easton Hamilton who in 1920 was the first woman elected to a municipal council in Toronto.

Both women have been nominated to receive this award because of their outstanding contribution to their community. Ann Buller has been recognized for leadership and contributions in the field of post-secondary education, including women’s access to non-traditional fields. Sonja Greckol has dedicated a lifetime of leadership and advocacy to advancing equality for women and contributing towards developing systems of accountability. Ann Buller and Sonja Greckol will be presented with this award during the City’s annual Human Rights Day Awards program on November 25.

“We continue to be inspired by women whose leadership and advocacy efforts are improving the lives of women and their families in our city. We salute these heroic contributions,” said Councillor Pam McConnell on behalf of the women members of City Council who select the recipients of the Constance Hamilton Award.

Throughout her life Constance Easton Hamilton was a social justice advocate who championed women’s suffrage, refugee issues as well as agricultural and assessment reforms, employment standards, public transit and hydro, and a well funded library system. The award named in her honour recognizes "persons" whose actions have been significant in securing the equitable treatment of women in Toronto.

In 1979, Toronto City Council established the Constance Hamilton Award to recognize the 50th anniversary of the Persons Case. In 1929, the Privy Council declared that women were “persons”, a decision which allowed women to be appointed to the Senate of Canada and included in all aspects of public life.

Being held on November 25 at City Hall, the City’s Human Rights Day Awards program will also acknowledge the recipients of the Aboriginal Affairs Award, Access Award for Disability Issues, Constance E. Hamilton Award for Women’s Issues, the Pride Award and the William P. Hubbard Race Relations Award.

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 contacts:
Councillor Pam McConnell, 416-392-7916, councillor_mcconnell@toronto.ca;
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Diversity Management and Community Engagement, City Manager’s Office, 416-392-6824, cramkhal@toronto.ca



 

 

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