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December 8, 2004
City marks Human Rights Day with awards presentation
To mark Human Rights Day, which is celebrated around the world on December 10,
Mayor Miller has issued a proclamation and will participate in the presentation
of five awards.

What: Human Rights Awards Presentation
Where: Council Chambers, Toronto City Hall
When: Thursday, December 9 at 5:30 p.m.

Presentations will be made to 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. Andy
Barrie of CBC's Metro Morning will host the awards 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. This award is presented to:

  • Sandra Laronde, artist, for her outstanding contribution to the
    advancement of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal arts in Toronto.
  • Bear, for community service and advocacy on behalf of the homeless,
    under-housed and working poor.

The Access Award recognizes people or organizations that have made significant
contributions, beyond legislated requirements, towards 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 is
presented to:

  • William Brown, for forceful, dedicated and effective advocacy aiming at
    making all transportation and other services barrier-free.
  • William Meider for community service, advocacy and cross-cultural work on
    disability issues.
  • Ing Wong-Ward for her pioneering efforts within journalism to open doors
    and to tell the stories of people with disabilities.

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 is presented to:

  • Zanana Akande, educator, political leader and advocate on the elimination
    of racism and all forms of discrimination and violence.
  • Nora Currie, feminist, anti-racist activist and advocate addressing rape,
    sexual assault and police handling of sexual assault.
  • Loly Rico, community worker, advocate and activist on behalf of
    immigrants and refugees.

The Pride Award honours the contributions of a person(s) or organization 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 is presented to:

  • Martin Bourgeois for establishing a support network for parents or those
    who wish to become parents.
  • Susan Gapka for advocacy to give profile to barriers faced by
  • Pride Toronto for operating a festival which is fun, contributes to the
    local economy and creates understanding within the general public.

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 is presented to:

  • Lillian Allen, pioneer of dub poetry, author and playwright for advocacy
    aimed at creating access and change within cultural institutions.
  • Naheed Dosani, student activist for his work to address backlash against
    the Afghan and Muslim communities.
  • Immigrant Women's Health Centre for providing free culturally appropriate
    reproductive health services in fourteen languages at workplaces.

Media contact:
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Diversity Management and Community Engagement,
Chief Administrator's Office, 416-392-6824



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