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May 18, 2005
From great little kids to woodworking: City celebrates safety successes
  
The City of Toronto today honoured five programs for their innovative
contributions to community safety. At a special ceremony in City Hall, Mayor
David Miller and local councillors presented the Mayor’s Community Safety
Awards to the five organizations.

"All these organizations have been creative and committed in their work to keep
our city safe," said Mayor Miller. "I am very pleased that we are able to
honour them today and to make a financial contribution to their continued
success."

Also helping to present the awards were 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 doubled to
$2,000, to be used to continue violence prevention work.

"Bell Canada is very pleased to partner with the City of Toronto in recognizing
the outstanding achievements of these programs," said Kelly McDougald, Senior
Vice President, Enterprise Customers, Ontario, Bell Canada. "Bell’s support for
the Mayor’s Community Safety Awards is an expression of our ongoing commitment
to safety and the important work being done by community organizations."

The five recipients of the 2005 Community Safety Awards were:

Fred Victor Centre’s Community Safety Project, which focuses on
breaking down barriers, and creating dialogue and partnerships, to increase
safety and deal with victimization. Through activities ranging from performing
safety skits to interviewing people on the streets, this project empowers
neighbours to work together to increase safety through education and direct
involvement.

Chester Le Community Development Project, which features a collection
of programs, ranging from gardening to a parent centre, to promote community
ownership and build relationships among children, youth and adults. This
program has helped the Chester Le community mobilize and work for positive
social change, after a particularly violent attack of a community member, and
following three decades of unemployment, trauma and vandalism in the
surrounding community.

"I’m A Great Little Kid," delivered by the Toronto Child Abuse Centre.
In this six-week program, 125 children in Grades 1 to 3 from two schools learn
the important concepts of self-esteem, making good choices, and respect for
oneself and others. The program also provides parents, teachers and other
adults who influence children with the tools they need to support children in
developing healthy, equal relationships.

Wood Works Program, operated by the Learning Enrichment Foundation.
The program uses the production of custom wood furniture to teach life and work
skills to at-risk youth.
The youth are also provided training, and counselling to help them gain skills
required to secure employment.

Tumivut Youth Shelter, operated by Native Men’s Residence (Na-Me-Res).
Over the past two years, this shelter has implemented a series of anti-violence
programs, ranging from neighbourhood graffiti removal to full moon ceremonies
to help street youth in their healing journey to reduce aggression and anger,
and engage them in skills and relationship building.

The annual awards are organized by the Community Safety Secretariat, the City
unit responsible for implementation of the Community Safety Plan. The
recipients were selected by a panel composed of community and business
representatives and Secretariat staff. Along with the cash award, each winning
organization received a commemorative plaque to recognize their outstanding
achievements.

The 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

Kim Warburton
Bell Canada
416-581-4943

Marg Stanowski
Executive Director
Operation Springboard
416-977-0089 ext. 222

Michelle Munroe
Social Development and Administration
416-392-8697



 

 

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