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May 20, 2004
2004 Mayor's Community Safety Award winners announced
At a special ceremony today, Mayor David Miller announced the recipients of the
2004 Mayor's Community Safety Awards. These awards recognize the contributions
of five individuals and groups that have worked to make Toronto's communities

"The City is serious about the safety of neighbourhoods and communities," said
Mayor Miller. "As part of my Community Safety plan, we are taking immediate
action to build on the existing strengths in our neighbourhoods. We are
engaging parents, community groups, and young people to work to ensure that all
Torontonians can feel safe in their city. These awards give us an opportunity
to celebrate what is working, and to share these successes with the rest of the

Also helping to celebrate the awards was Chief Justice Roy McMurtry and
representatives from Bell Canada, the lead sponsor for the awards. Through the
involvement of Bell Canada, the cash value of each award has been increased
from $1,000 to $2,000, to be used to help continue violence prevention work.

"Bell Canada is delighted to participate in the Mayor's Community Safety Awards
again this year. As a key employer in Toronto, Bell believes it is essential to
invest in initiatives aimed at building safe, strong and successful
communities," said Kelly McDougald, Senior Vice President, Bell Canada.

Developed by the former Task Force on Community Safety, the Mayor's Community
Safety Awards recognize the contributions of people who work to make their
communities safer. Members of the Toronto Public Service and representatives
from the community and business sector reviewed and assessed the nominations.
One individual and four organizations were recognized for their outstanding
achievement. Along with the cash award, each winner also received a
commemorative plaque.

Award winners included the Teen Violence Prevention Project, organized by the
Black Creek Community Health Centre. This program teaches youth in the Black
Creek community, many of whom are at risk of being victims or perpetrators of
violence, to be community leaders who promote violence prevention and building
healthy relationships.

The second award winner was Saddle Up for Success, operated by Youth Assisting
Youth. This is Canada's first therapeutic horseback riding program for at-risk
and newcomer children and young offenders. The program uses horseback riding to
help children stay on the right side of the law by helping them build
self-esteem, teaching self-control and the value of following directions, and
by encouraging them to stay in school.

The third award was presented to Students Triumph Over Peer Pressure (STOPP),
operated by North Albion Collegiate Institute. This dance troupe offers youth a
creative outlet to seek alternatives to violence. It sends the message that
there are very creative and very real alternatives to violence for youth in

The fourth award was presented to Literature for Life, which provides a
socially inclusive, safe environment for at-risk teenage mothers and offers
them a unique educational opportunity to gain a love of literature through
reading. This organization is teaching women and their children that education
leads to choices, and to a brighter future.

The final Mayor's Community Safety Award was presented to Julia Farquharson,
who has worked for over 15 years to build a safe, peaceful and healthy
community in northwest Toronto. After her son Segun was shot to death just
steps from her home in 2000, she has redoubled her efforts to promote community
safety as an activist, an advisor, as a volunteer and as a compelling voice
against violence in Toronto.

The annual Mayor's Community Safety Awards are open to groups, individuals and
organizations located in the City of Toronto that provide support to Toronto
residents. Initiatives must have taken place within the past three years.

Media contacts:
Patchen Barss, Office of the Mayor, 416-338-7134
Michelle Munroe, Social Development and Administration Division, Toronto
Community and Neighbourhood Services, 416-392-8697
Kim Warburton, Bell Canada, 416-581-4943
Marg Stanowski, Executive Director, Operation Springboard,
416-977-0089, ext. 222



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