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November 29, 2005
Human rights achievements in Toronto honoured at City Hall
At a ceremony in the Council Chamber at City Hall last night, Mayor David
Miller and Members of Toronto City Council honoured 13 people or organizations
who have helped vulnerable communities achieve their full potential within
society. This annual ceremony marks Human Rights Day, when the United Nations
adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in 1948. The Declaration
recognizes the inherent dignity and equal and intrinsic rights of all people.

The ceremony, hosted by Merella Fernandez of CityTV, opened with a performance
by Inuit throat singer Sheena Makkik. During the ceremony Mayor Miller
proclaimed human rights month in Toronto and stated, “Around the world, we see
many examples where human rights are not respected or where people’s daily
lives are shaped by injustice, oppression, and inequity. I believe that Toronto
can and does set an example for the world of how a society can work for all of
its members.”

The Métis Fiddle Quartet performed during the reception after the awards
Award recipients were honoured for their contribution to the elimination of
violence, racism, sexism, homophobia, homelessness, hate crimes, hunger,
poverty and illiteracy. Recipients are:

Aboriginal Affairs Award
  • Simon McNichol
  • Native Learning Centre
  • Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre

    Access Award for Disability Issues
  • Argonaut Rowing Club
  • Community Head Injury Resource Services
  • VoicePrint Canada - Toronto Broadcast Centre Volunteers

    Constance E. Hamilton Award on the Status of Women
  • Vivien Green
  • Marilda Tselepis

    Pride Award for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual and Two
    Spirited Issues
  • The Lesbian and Gay Community Appeal
  • Supporting Our Youth (SOY)
  • The Triangle Program

    William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations
  • Akwatu Khenti
  • Toronto Chapter - Chinese Canadian National Council

    Media contacts:

    Ceta Ramkhalawansingh
    Diversity Management and Community Engagement
    Strategic and Corporate Policy/Healthy City Office
    City Manager’s Office

    Patchen Barss
    Office of the Mayor
    (office) 416-338-7134
    (cell) 416-294-0897



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