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February 29, 2004
City of Toronto, CIBC and Michael Clemons launch community award
  
At a reception celebrating Black History Month and in the presence of other
legendary Toronto Argonauts, City of Toronto Parks and Recreation and Michael
"Pinball" Clemons officially launched the Michael Clemons "Pinball" Award for
Community Leadership sponsored by CIBC. The "Pinball" Award was established to
recognize the achievements of Torontonians of African descent who have made
outstanding contributions to the community.

CIBC has entered into a three-year partnership with the City of Toronto for the
award commencing in 2004, and the two organizations will jointly oversee the
nominations and selection of the winners. There will be three recipients of the
"Pinball" Award per year: a Toronto high school student, a Toronto resident and
a CIBC employee.

The winner of this year's award will be announced at a special "Pinball" award
ceremony in June 2004 as part of CIBC's Diversity Month Activities. Future
awards will be presented during Black History Month. This is the first time
Michael Clemons has permitted his name to be used in association with an award.

Toronto Parks and Recreation strives to provide high quality sport and
recreational opportunities for all members of the community with a special
emphasis on opportunities for children and youth. The division espouses the
belief that opportunity for sport will lead to opportunity in life. Michael
"Pinball" Clemons, Ulysses Curtis, Chuck Ealey, Granville Liggins and R. Bruce
Smith, who were all present at the reception, have proven beyond a shadow of a
doubt that this is true, and they are all featured on this year's
"Contributions of African Canadians" poster, which is the first in a series
called Beyond the Game.

To view the "Contributions of African Canadians" poster or to order a copy,
check http://www.toronto.ca/blackhistory, accesstoronto@toronto.ca or call
416-338-0338.

For more information contact:
Economic Development, Culture and Tourism Media Hotline,
416-560-8726
Beth Waldman, Toronto Argonauts Football Club, 416-219-4410
Shawn Lackie, Canadian Football League, 416-322-9650 ext. 234
Alf Ramsay, CIBC, 416-980-2849



 

 

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