Media Advisory - Playing for Keeps, a social legacy of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, celebrates 1,000 community volunteers

TORONTO, April 7, 2015 /CNW/ -


Toronto Foundation with its partners, including Toronto Pearson and George Brown College, will celebrate 350 participants from the 2015 Playing for Keeps (P4K) Community Leadership Training initiative.

Inspired by the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games and piloted through the 2012 Ontario Summer Games, P4K has trained more than 1,000 people from over 75 cultures, ranging in age from 16 to over 70, to become P4K Volunteer Ambassadors. Equipped with new skills in areas including leadership, civic engagement, event planning, communications, and citizenship, the Volunteer Ambassadors get to test their skills by hosting activities, called Neighbourhood Games, to bring people together across generations to share a fun experience. It's all about building stronger, healthier and better connected communities through "play."

Since 2012, Volunteer Ambassadors have hosted more than 700 Neighbourhood Games, engaging over 30,000 Torontonians.

CBC Sports broadcaster Scott Regehr will host the event, which will feature mini P4K Neighbourhood Games, presentations to the participants, and a special menu from the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at George Brown College.


Over 350 Playing for Keeps Volunteer Ambassadors

Rahul K. Bhardwaj, President & CEO, Toronto Foundation

Anne Sado, President, George Brown College

Kathy Bochan, Community Relations Officer, Toronto Pearson


Thursday, April 9, 2015, 6 - 8 p.m.

6:00 - 6:40: Reception and P4K Neighbourhood Games

6:45 - 7:45: Formal remarks and presentations


City Hall Rotunda

100 Queen St W,

Toronto, ON M5H 2N2


Interview and Photo opportunities are available.

About Playing for Keeps
Playing for Keeps (P4K) is a social legacy initiative, led by Toronto Foundation, which is developing healthier, more active, and better connected communities – through "play" – towards the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and beyond! P4K is also a selected community program of TO2015's IGNITE. The program involves more than 35 organizations including the City of Toronto, Ontario Trillium Foundation, George Brown College, and Toronto Pearson.

SOURCE Toronto Foundation

For further information: Marianna Ciappa, Communications Coordinator, Toronto Foundation, 416-921-2035 x 208,


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