Several members of the first responder agencies in GTA were recognized for their distinguished work over the past year, during an award ceremony at Paradise Banquet & Convention Centre in Toronto.

Public Heroes GTA 2019 Awards Ceremony in was held on April 25. Among the attendees were this year’s public heroes, their colleagues as well as community members.

Wendy Cukier, author and an academic at Ryerson University, pointed to importance of good governance during her keynote speech and added that leaders have power to champion change.

“Breaking the cycle of hate is one of the biggest challenges we face today,” Cukier went on to say: “We have to stand up against hate no matter who is targeted.”

Introduced for the first time in 2011 by the Intercultural Dialogue Institute, Public Heroes Awards aims to recognize the outstanding service of Police, Fire and Paramedic Services in maintaining public safety.

The goal of the awards is to recognize the dedication and excellence of individual members or team members of police, fire and paramedic services as well as RCMP, OPP, ORNGE and Correctional Services, where applicable, for delivering their services in an ethnically and culturally diverse environment.

Award recipients are selected by a hosting & selection committee based the following three criteria: “Altruism”, “Dedication” and “Community Involvement”.

What follows is the list of this year’s award recipients.