Toronto wants to recognize leaders in public health as well as “celebrate individuals and organizations for their hard work to protect and promote the health of all Torontonians.”

You are invited to nominate individuals and organizations for the 2014 Public Health Champion Awards.

  • The award recognizes individuals or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting and promoting the health of Toronto’s residents.
  • Awards are presented to one individual and to one organization.
    • To be eligible for nomination, an individual must be a resident of Toronto and organizations must be located in Toronto.

A Board of Health committee will review the nominations and select an individual and organizational winner based on demonstrated achievement in one or more of the following four areas: providing leadership, fostering collaboration, building community capacity through innovative health promotion strategies, and achieving impact by acting as a catalyst for positive change.

Award recipients will be honoured at a ceremony in June 2014.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

NEWS RELEASE

March 3, 2014

Nominations open for Toronto’s Public Health Champion Awards

Toronto Public Health (TPH) is encouraging the public to nominate individuals and organizations for the 2014 Public Health Champion Awards. Toronto’s Board of Health established these awards in 2008 during TPH’s 125th anniversary to recognize leaders in public health from the front lines and the sidelines.

“There are many people who are dedicated to making Toronto a healthier and more equitable city for everyone,” said Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21 St. Paul’s), Chair of the Board of Health. “The Public Health Champion Awards is a way to celebrate individuals and organizations for their hard work to protect and promote the health of all Torontonians.”

“Toronto Public Health’s goal is a healthy city for all, but that would not be achievable without the ongoing efforts of people and organizations that work to reduce and remove the barriers that stand in the way of better health,” said Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. “These awards recognize the work of our health partners that share knowledge, promote new and innovative approaches to health, and empower communities to be more involved in solutions that work for them.”

A Board of Health committee will review the nominations and select an individual and organizational winner based on demonstrated achievement in one or more of the following four areas: providing leadership, fostering collaboration, building community capacity through innovative health promotion strategies, and achieving impact by acting as a catalyst for positive change.

Last year’s winners of the Public Health Champion Awards were Colin Hughes, individual award (posthumous) for his more than 25 years as a community worker with the Children’s Aid Society and as a respected child and family poverty activist, and the Toronto Cancer Prevention Coalition, recipient of the organization award. The coalition has played a leadership role in education and advocacy over the last 15 years to prevent the major causes of cancer.

Nominations for this year’s awards are open until April 30. Online submissions, nomination form to download, eligibility guidelines and a list of previous winners are available at http://www.toronto.ca/PublicHealthChampionAwards.

This year’s recipients will be honoured at an awards ceremony in June.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

————————————–

You may also want to know:

Leave a Reply