Public Heroes Awards Ceremony 2013 took take place on May 1st, 2013, 7pm at Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. Around 200 guests enjoyed a marvelous night, where they recognized the important work done by the Police, Fire and EMS. The night started with a warm reception followed by the entry of head table guests to the hall accompanied by ceremonial units, colour guards and pipers from Toronto Police, Fire and EMS.
Dwight Drummond did a perfect job as the host of the evening, where M. Fatih Yegul from IDI Toronto opened the stage with a welcome speech. Guests made new friends and had a chance to taste unique tastes of Turkish cuisine during the dinner. The speech by Hilal Koseturk, a grade 6 student from Nile Academy, reflected how our police, fire and EMS officers did matter to youngsters. Hon. Madeleine Meilleur, minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, offered a keynote address, which was followed by the awards ceremony, where Mike Manzke & Sharon Kent from Toronto Police, Mike Wood from Toronto Fire and Michael Roffey from Toronto EMS received their awards from Dr. Alok Mukharjee, chair of Toronto Police Services Boards, MPP Monte Kwinter, and MPP Michael Prue.
Charities chosen by the award recipients, Red Door Family Shelter, Camp Bucko and Jessie’s Centre received a “Pizza for a year” gift, which was presented by Pizza Pizza VP Sebastian Fuschini.
Dave Ralph, who wrapped up the night with a final remarks also presented an Ebru (water marbling) artwork to MC Dwight Drummond. Dave Ralph encouraged the guests to nominate more officers next year to make the life a little harder for the members of the selection committee.
IDI Toronto Public Heroes Awards Ceremony 2013
Altruism, Dedication & Contribution to Multiculturalism
Hosting & Selection Committee:
Armand La Barge, former Chief of York Police
Bruce Farr, former Chief of Toronto EMS
Bruce Newton, Superintendent, Toronto EMS
Dave Ralph, retired Commander, Toronto EMS
Johnny Bobbili, Constable, Toronto Police
Mitzie Hunter, CEO, Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance
Rahul Bhardwaj, President & CEO, Toronto Community Foundation
Rick Stubbings, Staff Superintendent, Toronto Police
Tony Warr, former Deputy Chief of Toronto Police
Usha George, Dean, Faculty of Comm. Service, Ryerson University
William Stewart, former Chief of Toronto Fire
Hon. Madeleine Meilleur
Minister of Community Safety & Correctional Services
Dwight Drummond, CBC News Toronto
Date: May 1st, 2013
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
6 Garamond Court, Toronto ON M3C 1Z5
Dinner will be served.
Intercultural Dialogue Institute Toronto
Toronto Police Services
Toronto Fire Service
Toronto Emergency Medical Services
Sponsor: Humber College