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April 20, 2005
City of Toronto praises its volunteers for contributions to the community
On Tuesday evening at Toronto City Hall Mayor David Miller and members of
Toronto City Council joined Suhana Meharchand, host of CBC News: Morning
Weekend Edition, in presenting 10 volunteers and four volunteer groups with a
Toronto Community Service Volunteer Award. The City honoured the volunteers for
investing their time, energy and skills in agencies, institutions and
organizations that contribute to Toronto’s communities. These volunteers are
inspiring to others and their contributions are an example of why volunteers
are invaluable to their communities.

The 2005 Toronto Community Service Volunteer Awards recipients are:

Children and youth services - Kwende Ambrose and John Mighton

Community and public health services - Jim Bilimoria, Helen Morenz and the
SexAbility Program Peer Facilitators

Community development/community centre services - Jane-Finch Tenants
Associations (Jane/Milo Residents Council, Edgeley Village Residents Council,
35 Shoreham Tenants Association), Carmela Lattavo and Jamea Zuberi

Housing and homelessness support services - The Caring Alliance and Abdul

Immigrant and newcomer services - Halim Amini and Henry Shen

Seniors services - Maria Adelaide Araújo and the Rexdale Ethno-Cultural Seniors

Suhana Meharchand served as emcee for the ceremony where more than 200 family
members and friends of the award recipients, other award nominees and
nominators packed into the Council Chamber to watch each recipient receive
their award from Mayor Miller and a member of Council. On hand were Councillors
Gay Cowbourne, Kyle Rae, Karen Stintz and Michael Thompson. At the beginning of
the ceremony Councillor Cowbourne, Chair of the Roundtable on Seniors,
acknowledged the members of the Toronto Seniors’ Assembly, which advised the
City’s Seniors’ Advocate, former City Councillor Anne Johnston.

Each year the City acknowledges the volunteer work of Toronto residents and
looks forward to hosting the event again in 2006. Jointly established in 2000
by the Volunteer Centre of Toronto and the City of Toronto, this is the third
year that the awards program is solely administered by the City.

A selection committee comprised of seven individuals from the community and
voluntary sector and the City chose the recipients.

"This was a tough year. I have sat on this selection committee for the past
three years and this year I found it really difficult to choose one individual
or group over another - they were all exceptional. We have excellent volunteers
in this city who are doing great work," said selection committee member Lee

Media contacts:

Adair Heath
Community Development Officer

Natasha Hinds
Communications Officer



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