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August 17, 2004
Awards recognize youth activism and service in Toronto
Six young activists were honoured today by the City of Toronto's Youth Cabinet
for contributions to their community. The six were winners of the Identify 'n'
Impact Youth Awards which were presented during "The Cause" - a celebration of
youth activism and service held in Nathan Phillips Square at Toronto City Hall.

Winners of the awards are: Amazing Young Activist - Jennifer Sinclair; Building
Community Through the Arts - Jennifer Ivanovs; Dedication to Youth Advocacy -
Chelsea Takalo; Newcomer Youth Award (joint winners) - Aamer Esmail and Alana
Jones; and Street Level Advocate - Megan Lee Licznar. (Biographies of all the
winners are available on request).

The Identify 'n' Impact Youth Awards celebrate young peoples' valuable
contributions to communities throughout Toronto and the important roles youth
play as advocates, visionaries and agents of social change. To qualify,
nominees must have made an impact on the larger community through their
actions, have demonstrated leadership and be a role model to other youth. Award
winners were selected by a panel of judges primarily made of youth.

Winners each received a $500 cheque donated by a number of sponsors including
Bell Canada and TD Canada Trust, long-time supporters of the Toronto Youth
Cabinet. Another sponsor was Bell Mobility Canada.

The Cause is an annual event sponsored by the Toronto Youth Cabinet. As well as
highlighting the contributions of youth activists, The Cause has featured
youth-led skills-building workshops, live entertainment, information booths and
displays to showcase the volunteer opportunities at 40 different non-profit

The Toronto Youth Cabinet is the voice of youth at Toronto City Hall. It has a
diverse membership of 150 young people between the ages of 13 and 24 from all
parts of the city.

Media contact:
Denise Campbell
Toronto Youth Cabinet Co-ordinator



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