City of Toronto recognizes excellence in volunteering

This week, the City of Toronto recognized the contribution of volunteers at the City's 10 long-term care homes and community programs.

Councillor Shiner and some of his colleagues joined City officials at the annual event held during National Volunteer Week, which recognizes individuals and groups for donating their time and energy to improve the lives of residents of long-term care homes.

The quality of long-term care communities and programming is greatly enhanced by the support of more than 2,250 volunteers who have contributed 140,000 hours of volunteer service in 2015.

Recipients of this year's Excellence in Volunteering Awards include two outstanding contributors to Long-term Care Homes in Ward 24: Clement Gomes (Carefree Lodge) and Arthur Freeman (Cummer Lodge).

Clement has been involved with Carefree Lodge since he was a high school student, and has continued volunteering after completing his diploma requirements. He provides invaluable assistance at meal time and is a friendly face around the home on almost a daily basis.

Arthur Freeman has been with Cummer Lodge for six years, acting as President of the Volunteer Executive Committee for much of that time. Along with a host of other responsibilities, Arthur oversees financial documents and ensures that others on the Committee understand the operations that help the home run smoothly.

On behalf of Councillor Shiner's office, congratulations to all recipients and thank you for your kind generosity and commitment.

Councillor Shiner with award recipient Clement Gomes and his family.

Councillor Shiner with award recipient Arthur Freeman, Councillor James Pasternak and the City's Chief Corporate Officer, Josie Scioli.


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