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City wants to honour achievements in human rights

by NationTalk on April 16, 2010332 Views

April 15, 2010

The City of Toronto is seeking nominations for the 2010 Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards. The awards recognize the outstanding contribution of residents in building an inclusive and equitable city. Everyone is encouraged to celebrate the accomplishments of somebody in their community by nominating them for an award. Nominees must be residents of Toronto.The deadline for submitting nominations is Monday, May 3.

Aboriginal Affairs Award: to honour the volunteer contributions made by person(s) or organizations and whose efforts have made or are making a significant or ongoing contribution to the well-being and advancement of the Aboriginal community in Toronto.

Access Award for Disability Issues: for a significant contribution towards improving access for people with disabilities in Toronto. “Access” can include designing new or renovated structures; an employment, recreation or leisure program; a transportation system; or anything that contributes significantly to people with disabilities living independently.

Constance E. Hamilton Award on the Status of Women: recognizes person(s) who have made a significant contribution to improving the social, economic, cultural and political status of women in Toronto and who have encouraged others in their efforts to achieve equality and to remove barriers.

Pride Award for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Two Spirited Issues: honours the volunteer contributions of person(s) or organizations whose efforts have been significant for the well being and advancement of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual and two spirited community in Toronto.

William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations: named for Toronto’s first African-Canadian Councillor, first elected in 1894. The City gives this Award to a person or persons whose outstanding achievement and commitment has fostered a positive race relations environment in Toronto and has encouraged others to become actively involved in the elimination of racism and prejudice.

Nomination forms are available at http://www.toronto.ca/civicawards or by calling 311 (TTY: 416-338-0889).

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contacts:
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Diversity Management and Community Engagement, City Manager’s Office, 416-392-6824, cramkhal[at]toronto.ca

David Clark, Strategic Communications, 416-392-7542 dclark1[at]toronto.ca

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