Honouring the Toronto Star
TORONTO, Oct. 22 /CNW/ - The Toronto Star and ten scholarship students
will be honoured at the annual Harmony Award Banquet on Wednesday, October 24,
Ontario Lt. Governor David Onley will present the Toronto Star with the
2007 Harmony Award for its commitment to the principles laid down by its
founder Joseph Atkinson, a man of social conscience and a champion of social
"Its unabashed commitment to social justice, individual and civil
liberties, and community and civic engagement for the past 100 years is what
makes the newspaper this year's award winner," said Gordon Cressy, founding
co-chair of the <a href="http://www.harmony.ca/">Harmony Movement</a>. "The Toronto Star continues to be on the
cutting edge of social change, reporting on such difficult social issues as
poverty, race, disability, sexual orientation and multiculturalism."
The Harmony Award is given annually at the banquet to those who made
significant contributions in the promotion of harmony and equity in Canada.
Past Harmony Award recipients include Stephen Lewis and Michele
Landsberg, Temple Har Zion and the Islamic Ja'affari Centre, June Callwood,
Roberta Jamieson, Herb Carnegie, and Bromley Armstrong.
Ten June Callwood Harmony Scholarships are also awarded each year at the
banquet to graduating high school students in Canada.
"These students are highly active in combating discrimination in our
society and have made a significant impact in their schools and communities by
building on the values of harmony and equity," said Cheuk Kwan, executive
director of the non-profit organization.
"Harmony Movement will pay a special tribute to our dear friend June
Callwood for whom our scholarship is named," said Dr. Joseph Wong, founding
co-chair. "June was our honourary patron and had been a tireless champion for
social justice all her life."
The Harmony Movement (www.harmony.ca) was founded in 1994 to promote
equality and diversity in Canada and has earned a national reputation for its
creative diversity educational programming. It delivers student leadership
programs and diversity workshops to schools across the GTA and in Southwestern
Ontario, including the award winning Diversity Educational Leadership Program.
The public is invited to join for an evening to celebrate diversity and
to honour the award recipient. Tickets are available at the door, or in
advance by calling the Harmony Movement at (416) 385-2660.
For further information:
For further information: Mr. Cheuk Kwan, (416) 804-1527,