Frank McKenna and Patrick Dillon to receive prestigious Easter Seals Toronto's Tribute Award

    TORONTO, April 21 /CNW/ - Easter Seals Ontario is proud to announce that
Frank McKenna, Deputy Chair of TD Bank Financial Group and Patrick Dillon,
Business Manager and Secretary Treasurer of the Provincial Building and
Construction Trades Council of Ontario, will be the 2009 recipients of the
prestigious Easter Seals Toronto's Tribute Award. Chair, Duncan Hawthorne,
President and CEO of Bruce Power and Honourary Chair of the Toronto's Tribute
committee, the Hon. Pierre Pettigrew, P.C., announced that the presentation of
this year's awards will take place on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at the Four
Seasons Hotel Toronto.
    "The Toronto's Tribute Award and Gala Dinner is a way for Easter Seals
kids, families, volunteers and the entire Easter Seals organization to
recognize excellence for being leaders in their industries, in their
communities and for their continued support of children and youth with
physical disabilities," said Hawthorne. "Bruce Power is proud to be the Title
Sponsor of this event."
    Toronto's Tribute has raised over $ 2.3 million since 2003, with all
proceeds going directly to help families of children with physical
disabilities across Ontario. Past honourees include: Roger Abbott and Don
Ferguson of CBC's Royal Canadian Air Farce (2008); Murilo Ferreira, President
and CEO of Vale Inco Ltd. and Duncan Hawthorne, President and CEO, Bruce Power
(2007); The Right Honourable Paul Martin (2006); Joseph J. Barnicke and David
S. O'Brien (2005); Mayor David Miller (2004) and former Mayor Mel Lastman
    "This is a difficult economic environment, particularly for families who
incur extra costs for caring for a child with physical disabilities," said
Toronto's Tribute award recipient Frank McKenna. These families need access to
resources, equipment and recreation, that will contribute to providing
brighter futures for these kids, and that is just one reason why the work of
Easter Seals is so important."
    Easter Seals assists families of kids with physical disabilities with the
purchase of costly mobility equipment such as walkers, wheelchairs, porch
lifts and ramps, as well as communication devices and bathing equipment. By
providing financial assistance, Easter Seals performs an essential service to
families who might not otherwise have the resources to obtain this equipment.
In these challenging times the need is greater than ever.
    Easter Seals also owns and operates two fully accessible residential camp
properties and is recognized as an industry leader in providing specialized
recreation programs for kids with physical disabilities. For more information
or to donate, please visit

For further information:

For further information: For Sponsorship Inquiries contact: Sandra
Bellisario, Vice President, Development, Easter Seals Ontario, (416) 421-8377
ext. 395; For more media inquiries contact: Barb Saunders, Communications,
Easter Seals Ontario, (416) 421-8377 ext. 326

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