Ward 26 Candidate Jon Burnside receives award from MPP Kathleen Wynne

TORONTO, March 16 /CNW/ - Ward 26 Toronto City Council Candidate Jon Burnside was recently recognized by MPP Kathleen Wynne for his outstanding contributions in the community. Burnside received the Celebration 2010 award from the local MPP, largely due to his involvement in youth sports in Don Valley West.

"This award is a special honour, particularly in view of Minister Wynne's longstanding and widely recognized commitment to improving community life," said Burnside.

Jon Burnside has been a positive force in the lives of young people for more than 20 years in his role as a coach and organizer for youth hockey, soccer and baseball programs in Thorncliffe Park and Leaside.

Recently, Burnside spearheaded the introduction of a free House League hockey program in Flemingdon Park. "It took three years to get this program organized, but I knew that these kids deserved - and needed - the opportunity to learn and enjoy hockey. Being a part of creating a better neighbourhood for our kids has always been a priority for me."

In getting this new program started, Burnside engaged the Toronto Police Service, City of Toronto officials, charitable organizations and numerous corporate partners. Coaching, icetime and equipment were all donated so that 65 girls and boys in Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park could learn and enjoy hockey each Sunday.

As a former Police Officer, small business owner, youth sports coach and community leader, Jon has been an energetic and positive force in his community for more than 2 decades.


For further information: For further information: Andrew Hanna, (416) 449-6933, a.hanna@rogers.com, www.jonburnside.com

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