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November 4, 2009
City Council announces 2009 Human Rights Awards Recipients
Toronto City Council recently approved three organizations and seven individuals to be recipients of the City’s 2009 Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards for their contribution to advancing Access, Equity and Human Rights in Toronto. The awards will be presented on Wednesday, November 25 at the City’s annual Human Rights Day ceremony.

The Aboriginal Affairs Award honours the volunteer contributions of a person(s) or organization whose efforts have made a significant or ongoing contribution toward improving the quality of life for the Aboriginal community in Toronto. These contributions include services or advocacy work on issues such as health, shelter work, street work, governance and self determination, human rights or cultural activities. The award will be presented to:
• Kimberly Murray - to recognize her accomplishments within the Aboriginal community and in particular her diligence in pursuing issues of importance to the community with respect to status, tenant, social and criminal justice issues.

The Access Award recognizes people or organizations that have made significant contributions, beyond legislated requirements, toward improving the quality of life for people with disabilities in the city of Toronto. Examples of contributions include consideration of access requirements in the design of a new or renovated building, job training or recreational programs. This award will be presented to:
• John Rae - to recognize his inspirational efforts and a lifetime of effecting change for persons who are disabled and specifically who are blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted;
• Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre - to recognize the quality and inclusive
services that address the diverse active-living and wellness needs of persons with disabilities and illnesses; and
• Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment (CAAT) - to recognize their leadership role in addressing mental health issues of people living with HIV/AIDS.

The Constance E. Hamilton Award is awarded to a person or persons who have made a significant volunteer contribution to the equitable treatment of women in the city of Toronto. The award is named for Toronto’s first woman councillor, elected in 1920. This award will be presented to:
• Ann Buller - to recognize leadership efforts and contributions in the field of post-secondary education, including women’s access to non-traditional fields; and
• Sonja Greckol - to recognize a lifetime of leadership and advocacy to advance equality for women and contribution towards developing systems of accountability.

The Pride Award honours the contributions of a person(s) or organizations whose efforts have been significant for the well-being and advancement of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Transsexual and Two Spirited communities in Toronto. This award will be presented to:
• John Campey - to recognize his leadership and advocacy roles within the education system and wider community for the establishment of services, policy changes and institutional accountability.

The William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations is named after Toronto’s first African-Canadian councillor (1894-1913). This award honours a person(s) or organization who has made an outstanding contribution to race relations in Toronto. This award will be presented to:
• Adrienne Shadd - to recognize her outstanding accomplishments as a historian of the African and Black Canadian experience and her tireless contribution to the pursuit of a positive race relations environment;
• Paul Nguyen - to recognize his tireless commitment to improving race relations, acting as a mentor to youth, and establishing an inspirational website to provide a strong voice for residents to respond to racial discrimination in the local community; and
• Scadding Court Community Centre - to recognize their leadership, advocacy and innovation in establishing programs and partnerships on a local and citywide basis to improve opportunities and remove barriers caused by racism.

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:
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Diversity Management and Community Engagement, City Manager’s Office, 416-392-6824,
David Clark, Strategic Communications, 416-392-7542,



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