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CityWatch, a community safety program involving Toronto municipal workers,
celebrated the end of its second year with an awards event at City Hall this
evening. Under CityWatch, municipal employees receive recognition for their
roles in stepping forward and summoning professional help when they witness an
accident, criminal activity or other emergency in the community or the
The highlight of Thursday's reception was the announcement, by co-host Mark
Dailey of Citytv, of the 2003 CityWatch Annual Award to Fire Services employee
Winston Mapp Sr. Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone and Councillor Suzan Hall
presented the award.
Winston Mapp was eligible for the annual award because he received a regular
CityWatch award last year for his actions in assisting a family at a serious
car accident. Mr. Mapp helped two people get out of the vehicle involved, and
provided first-aid support to a seriously injured woman. Unfortunately, the
woman did not survive the accident. When Mapp attended the visitation at the
funeral home to offer condolences, the grateful family asked him to deliver a
eulogy at the funeral service the next day, which he did.
In addition to his work with Fire Services, Winston Mapp keeps a busy schedule
of community volunteer work. A few years ago, he received an award from the
Ontario Solicitor General for his work with young offenders in Toronto.
Bell Mobility, a new CityWatch sponsor, awarded $1,000 to the annual winner's
preferred charity, in addition to a cell phone and service for one year. Mapp,
who attended the City Hall reception with three generations of his family,
directed the award money to Black Youth Helpline Ontario. The program provides
services in support of youth and their families, consistent with the motto "It
takes a whole community to raise a child." The helpline number is 416-285-9944.
Barbara Thompson, the program's executive director, and youth ambassador
Monique Johnson were on hand to accept the cheque.
Commenting on CityWatch, Patricia Lakin, Bell Mobility's director of community
relations, said, "We are pleased to be a part of such a worthwhile program. We
are always looking for ways to support the communities where we operate. One
way to do so is by honouring municipal employees who go above and beyond the
call of duty to contribute to the safety of our communities."
Toronto Hydro is another major partner and participant in CityWatch. The
corporation's senior vice-president of customer services, Peter D'Uva,
commented, "Our frontline staff are in the community on a regular basis. When
needed, they're ready to help."
In addition to presenting the annual award, the reception honoured all 15
Toronto Public Service employees who received recognition from CityWatch in
2003 -- 14 staff from City departments and one employee from the Toronto Zoo (a
Councillor Suzan Hall, vice-chair of the City's Task Force on Community Safety
and a regular participant at the workplace presentations, commented, "It has
been another fabulous year for CityWatch, given the many nominations and
instances where municipal employees have made a difference to our goal of safer
neighbourhoods. I would like to thank everyone involved, and especially the
nominators and award winners. Let's keep the momentum going in 2004."
CityWatch, an initiative of Toronto's Task Force on Community Safety, is
supported by the Toronto Civic Employees' Union (Local 416); Canadian Union of
Public Employees (CUPE) Locals 1, 79 and 1600; Toronto Hydro; Toronto Zoo;
Toronto Police Service; Toronto Parking Authority; Toronto Public Library;
Toronto Transit Commission; Toronto and Region Conservation Authority; Crime
Concern; Metro Action Committee on Public Violence Against Women and Children
(METRAC); and the City of Toronto.
The public can nominate a municipal worker for recognition under CityWatch by
sending to the program administrator a memo or message describing the incident
and details such as the date of the incident and the employee's name. Mailing
address: CityWatch, 4 East, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.; e-mail:
email@example.com; Web site: hthtp://www.toronto.ca
Janet Balfour or Patty Letourneau, CityWatch, 416-392-9271