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April 12, 2005
Homes for the Aged applauds volunteers who say "caring is our nature"
At a special celebration, the City of Toronto will honour 10 individuals and
groups who have each made special contributions as volunteers to enhance the
quality of life in Toronto's homes for the aged. Sharing in the celebration
will be Councillor Olivia Chow (Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina), Chair of the
Community Services Committee, and Councillor Gay Cowbourne (Ward 44 Scarborough
East), Chair of the Roundtable on Seniors.

The ceremony will also include a presentation of the Mary Ellen Glover Award to
a Toronto Homes for the Aged resident who has made a significant impact on
improving the lives of seniors in their home.

Date: Wednesday, April 13

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Location: Members’ Lounge, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

In 2004, over 2,000 people volunteered more than 134,000 hours in Toronto's
homes for the aged – an increase of more than 20 per cent from 2003. Their
contributions included escorting residents on trips, running special events,
working in tuck shops, visiting one-on-one with residents, and many other
activities that help remind residents that they are part of a community that

Note: Award winners from each Toronto home for the aged and resident
representatives will be available for interviews following the presentation

Media contact:

Cheryl San Juan
Community Outreach Support Unit



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