Media advisory - Toronto community social service agencies call on provincial government to join hands, build communities with needed reinvestment

    Over 90 agencies, 1,500 participants to showcase work at June 5th Queen's
    Park event

    TORONTO, June 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Every day, thousands of people in Toronto
depend on community social services - from home care to day care, seniors
services, employment and skills training, crisis intervention and more. These
organizations support local engagement, bringing residents together to solve
problems and improve their communities. These are essential activities that
build our quality of life and keep our city healthy. But over a decade of
inadequate funding is eroding the ability of agencies to meet the demandand
needs of their communities.
    Over 150 community social service agencies across the city have joined
with labour groups and community allies to endorse a Community Social Services
Campaign at Queen's Park on June 5th. They will call on Premier McGuinty and
his government to revise funding frameworks in the sector and reverse the deep
cuts made in the 1990s by the Tory government in order to meet today's demands
for services and community engagement. Ninety agencies and upwards to
1,500 participants are expected for 'Joining Hands to Build Community,' a
showcase and celebration of the vital contribution of the agencies and front
line workers who deliver the programs and services our communities need.

             Date:        Tuesday, June 5th
             Location:    Queen's Park front lawns
             Time:        2:00 pm media conference
                          1:30 - 5:00 pm program showcase activities

    Along with a main stage, there will be program demonstrations and
workshops from community social service agencies including:

    - Jane/Finch Community Centre children's face painting and craft making
    - Seniors dance groups and live action theatre workshops
    - Alliance Multicultural Community Health moms and tots fitness
    - Turning Point Youth Services - Beats to the streets hip hop rap

    Activities will take place from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm on the Queen's Park
lawns. The 2:00 pm media conference will take place on the front stage at the
event. For more information on the Community Social Services Campaign, please

For further information:

For further information: Valerie Dugale, CUPE Communications, (647)
225-3685; Alissa Von Bargen, Community Social Planning Council of Toronto,
(647) 230-9164

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