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September 23, 2004
City applauds all volunteers for their dedication to communities
It was an evening of celebration on Wednesday, September 22 at City Hall as
Toronto City Council and Eric Gam, Commissioner of Community and Neighbourhood
Services presented 11 individuals and two groups with Toronto Community Service
Volunteer Awards. The volunteers were honoured for investing time in their
communities, inspiring others through their tireless work and demonstrating how
invaluable they are to their communities.

The 2004 Toronto Community Service Volunteers Awards recipients are:

Children and youth services - Rakel De Freitas, Dufferin Mall Youth Committee
Members and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Community and public health services - Bette Kirk and Wendy Sutton

Community development and community centres - Koyes Ahmed and Judith Stewart

Housing and homelessness support services - Jessica Roelink and members of the
NUC-TUCT (Newtonbrook United Church-Taiwanese United Church in Toronto)
Drop-Inn and Housing Volunteer Group: Irene Carriere, Evelyn and Gordon

Immigrant and newcomer services - Chih-Jun Chao and Shi Ye Xiong

Seniors services - Severino Centritto and Sheherbano Marfatia

Commissioner Eric Gam served as the master of ceremonies for the evening.
Family and friends of the award recipients watched from the spectator seating
area of the Council Chamber as each recipient received their award. Also
participating were Deputy Mayor Sandra Bussin and Councillors Raymond Cho,
Olivia Chow, Janet Davis, Paula Fletcher, Adam Giambrone, Jane Pitfield, Kyle
Rae and David Shiner.

An independent selection committee, comprised of five individuals from the
community and volunteer sector, chose the recipients based on four criteria: a
volunteer's understanding of the needs of individuals in their community, their
demonstrated commitment to equal access to services, their demonstrated support
of the services and programs in their community and their ability to include
other agencies or organizations to develop solutions to community issues.

Each year, the City acknowledges the dedication of Toronto's volunteer
community and looks forward to hosting the event again the following year.
Jointly established in 2000 by the Volunteer Centre of Toronto and the City of
Toronto, this is the second year that the awards program is solely administered
by the City.

For more information, visit or call
416-392-8616 (TTY: 416-338-0889). For multilingual services, call Access
Toronto: 416-338-0338.

Media contacts:
Judy Brooks, Community Development Officer, 416-392-5679



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