The city handed out its 2016 Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards Tuesday evening to activists who are working to break down barriers to equality in the city.
The event was held at city hall in anticipation of Human Rights Day on Saturday,
“I continue to be inspired by the commitment of the award winners and the work that they do to serve Toronto’s diverse communities,” said Denise Andrea Campbell, the city’s director of social development.
“We need to make sure that each person is seen, that their voices are heard, and that each person feels that they have the rights to different spaces in Toronto,” said Maayan, when interviewed by CBC.
I am so proud to live in a city that breathes innovation and celebrates inclusion. To every person that has ever faced a barrier, every advocate that has stood up for themselves or their community in the quest for equal access... I dedicate this @cityofto Access Award to you. Special shout-outs to the Toronto startup community and my incredible team ✊Feeling like a proud Torontonian tonight. #6ixlove
The award winners are:
Maayan Ziv, Access Award for Disability Issues
Fizul Sima, Aboriginal Affairs Award
Dr. Alex Abramovich, Pride Award for LGBTQ2S Issues
Black Lives Matter Toronto (BLMTO), William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations
Paola Gomez, Constance E. Hamilton Award on the Status of Women
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2016 Access, Equity & Human Rights Awards! https://t.co/JVXC9va2z0 pic.twitter.com/ny63nX1Kx4— City of Toronto (@TorontoComms) December 6, 2016