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December 1, 2009
Toronto celebrates International Day of People with Disabilities 2009
The City of Toronto, together with community, institutional and private sector partners, invites the media and the public to take part in Toronto’s fifth annual celebration of International Day of People with Disabilities.

Date: Thursday, December 3
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Variety Village, 3701 Danforth Ave.

The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and Councillor Adrian Heaps (Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest), the Chair of the City’s Disability Issues Committee, will present the awards to this year’s recipients of the Unsung Hero awards. The award acknowledges individuals who have previously been unrecognized for their contribution to the disability movement in Toronto. The event also highlights poets whose work gives personal insights into various aspects of living with a disability. New this year, are displays of art by people with disabilities. There are also displays providing information on community and City services and programs that support accessibility. There is an expected audience of 400 individuals and representatives from community services attending.

For background information, visit the City’s Diversity webpage:

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 Adrian Heaps (Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest), Chair of the Disability Issues Committee, 416-392- 0213,
Paulos Ioannou, Employment and Social Services, City of Toronto, 416-392-2433,



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