Nominations For 2012 City of Toronto Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards

Celebrating achievements in Human Rights

Do you know someone who is working to eliminate violence, racism, sexism, homophobia, homelessness, hate crimes, hunger, poverty or illiteracy in Toronto? Do you know someone who is building a city where everyone can participate in the social, cultural, economic, recreational and political life of Toronto? Recognize a human rights champion by nominating them for a City of Toronto Access, Equity and Human Rights Award.


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The deadline for nominations is Monday, May 7, 2012.

The City of Toronto recognizes the ongoing work of residents in five categories: Aboriginal Affairs; Disability Issues; Status of Women; Race Relations, and; Lesbian Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual and Two Spirited Issues.


Aboriginal Affairs Award:

The Aboriginal Affairs Award was established in 2003 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. These contributions can be made for services or advocacy work on issues such as health, shelter work, street work, governance and self determination, human rights or cultural activities.

Access Award:

The Access Award was established in 1982 and is given to a person, group or organization that has made a significant contribution towards improving access for people with disabilities in Toronto. “Access”can include designing new or renovated structures; an employment program; a transportation system; a recreational or leisure program; or anything that contributes significantly to people with disabilities living independently.

Constance E. Hamilton Award on the Status of Women:

Established in 1979, this Award was named after the first woman member of City Council, Constance E. Hamilton, elected in 1920. The Award commemorates the Privy Council decision of October 18, 1929, (now known as Persons Day) which recognized women as “persons”thereby permitting their involvement in all aspects of public life. The Award 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:

The Pride Award was established in 2003 to mark the thirtieth anniversary of Toronto City Council’s decision to adopt a human rights policy to provide protection on the basis of sexual orientation. This Award 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 communityin Toronto.

William P. Hubbard Race Relations Award:

Established in 1989, this Award was named in honour Toronto’s first African-Canadian Councillor – William P. Hubbard – who was 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.