Charles Taylor Foundation Welcomes Metropia as Major Sponsor of Canada's Most Prestigious Prize for Non-Fiction

TORONTO, Jan. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Noreen Taylor, chair of the Charles Taylor Foundation, is pleased to announce that Metropia is the Major Sponsor of The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction presented by RBC Wealth Management, effective immediately.

Mrs. Taylor commented: "It is a pleasure to welcome Metropia as a Major Sponsor to the Taylor Prize family. Metropia has a history of supporting the arts at the highest level and it is very rewarding to be under the umbrella of their corporate support. On a personal note, the Taylor family and Howard Sokolowski, Co-Founder and CEO, Metropia, have worked together - and happily - for the last dozen or so years. It is especially rewarding to be able to take old friendships to new levels."

Mr. Sokolowski responded with similar enthusiasm: "Metropia is proud to support The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction as Major Sponsor and I personally look forward to continuing my successful and long standing working relationship with Noreen Taylor, and the Taylor family."

About Metropia:

Metropia was created out of a shared purpose and vision to become one of Canada's leading real estate development companies by focusing on urban renewal and design innovation. Its communities offer a wide range of housing options with an emphasis on affordability and a responsibility to the environment.

Metropia's founder, Howard Sokolowski, has a rich history in residential development. As Co-founder and CEO of Tribute Communities for over 25 years, Howard led the development of more than 30,000 homes. One of the things Howard takes great pride in is working closely with the families and administrations that have a deep, vested interest in the outcome of the communities being developed. Under Howard's leadership, Tribute won numerous community and development awards from J.D. Power, the Ontario Home Builders Association and Toronto's Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) including Project of the Year, Community of the Year and Builder of the Year.

About the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction:

Now in its twelfth awarding, the annual Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction recognizes excellence in Canadian writing and emphasizes the development of the careers of the authors it celebrates. Awarded annually to the author whose book best combines a superb command of the English language, an elegance of style, and a subtlety of thought and perception, the winner receives $25,000 and the remaining finalists each receive $2000. The finalists for the 2013 prize will be announced on January 9th and the winner will be announced on March 4th at events in Toronto.

The trustees of the Charles Taylor Foundation gratefully acknowledge the support of their media sponsors for the 2013 prize: Canada Newswire (CNW) Group, CBC Books and CBC Radio One, The Globe and Mail (exclusive newspaper sponsor), The Huffington Post Canada, Maclean's magazine, and Quill & Quire magazine;  and its in-kind sponsors: Authors at Harbourfront Centre, Ben McNally Books, Event Source, Indigo Books and Music, The King Edward Hotel, and Kobo Inc.

SOURCE: Charles Taylor Prize

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