100th year celebrated with visit by Governor General of Canada

Toronto community agency thrilled to demonstrate services

TORONTO, May 10 /CNW/ - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will tour the facilities of University Settlement as part of their 100th celebration activities to experience the programs and services offered to members, children and newcomers to Canada.

During her visit, Her Excellency will tour the downtown Toronto facility, spend time with school children in the after-school program and distribute snacks, and will experience a cultural performance by University Settlement's senior program participants.

Founded in 1910 and located in the heart of downtown Toronto, University Settlement is a multi-service agency that has the distinction of being the first community-based social service centre in the City of Toronto. University Settlement strives to meet the social, economic, and cultural needs of its neighbours and users through its many programs and services.

"The Governor General's visit highlights the breadth of services we offer - from young children to seniors and everyone in between" said Debra Shime, Executive Director for the agency. "University Settlement's long history provides numerous examples of our ability to address community needs - whether it is opening our doors to the homeless in the 1990s, developing a partnership with the police to offer children's services in 2004 or developing, in the last few years, English language cafés to assist newcomers in practicing their spoken English language skills".

To find out more about University Settlement and its programs, or to donate to our fundraising program for families in need, please visit www.usrc.ca. Services are available in a number of languages, materials and online communications are translated into Chinese and Farsi.

    Arrival: 4:15
    Departure: 5:30


For further information: For further information: NAME: Debra Shime, University Settlement, PHONE: (416) 598-3444 x222, EMAIL: debra.shime@usrc.ca, www.usrc.ca

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