The Good Neighbours' Club

The Good Neighbours' Club

August 25, 2011 11:05 ET

The First Ever Paul Croutch Awards Presented at the Day of the Homeless

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 25, 2011) -

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The recipients of the first ever Good Neighbours' Club Paul Croutch Awards, sponsored by TD Bank Group, were co-presented this morning by Dan Demers, VP Distribution Support, TD Canada Trust and Good Neighbours' Club Executive Director Dr. Bruno Scorsone at the Third Annual Day of the Homeless, sponsored by The Daniels Corporation at The Good Neighbours' Club at Jarvis and Shuter. The winners are: Judy Graves, The Advocate for the Homeless for the City of Vancouver; Brian F.C. Smith, the President and CEO of WoodGreen Community Services; Laura Cowan, The Executive Director of Toronto's Street Health Community Nursing Foundation; and Whole Foods Market, which was selected for recognition by club members grateful for their donation of nutritious and delicious food.

The Event was hosted by Roger Petersen, Citytv - CityNews Tonight Anchor, and featured Senator Art Eggleton, Joe Tilley, Sports Anchor, CTV News Toronto, Sheldon Levy, the President of Ryerson University, Hon Glen Murray MPP, Good Neighbours' Club Board Chair, Adrienne McLennan, Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, and Mitchell Cohen, President, The Daniels Corporation. The Paul Croutch Awards were named in honour of a Good Neighbours' Club member, a former journalist, who died after being beaten by intoxicated soldiers from a nearby armoury in August, 2005.

"No one organization or city can solve homelessness on its own," said Adrienne McLennan, Chair of The Good Neighbours' Club board. "Through The Good Neighbours' Club Paul Croutch Awards, we hope to encourage everyone engaged in the fight against homelessness and extreme poverty, including ourselves, to look up from our own work now and again, and be inspired by those taking a new or different approach to some very old problems."

The Good Neighbours' Club is a Toronto charity, a day centre dedicated to the homeless or marginally-housed man who is 50+ and trying to find his way back to a normal life. By the time he is 50, a homeless man is aged well beyond his years. He is also vulnerable to attack by younger men. No other Toronto charity is so uniquely equipped to deal with the daytime needs of the homeless man over 50.

"As Gandhi said, 'a nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.' The Good Neighbours' Club is the closest thing to a home that many of our men will ever have," said Henry Botchford, a former executive officer in a number of major organizations before long-term illness brought the Club into his life. "The club gives dignity along with many of the things you take for granted, if you've never been homeless or marginally housed. We appreciate the work done by the organizations that received the Paul Croutch Award today. It was good of TD and Daniels Corporation to help make this very important day happen for our Club."

Founded in 1933 and located at Jarvis and Shuter, The Good Neighbours' Club members have faced the despair of downsizing or have lost everything due to illness, addiction, poor choices or bad luck. They receive new, donated clothes and have access to mail services, showers, laundry facilities, hot meals, phones, televisions, games, computers, a weekly medical clinic staffed by Street Health nurses, a safe place to lock up valuables…and compassion. The club also provides final arrangements for members whose bodies would otherwise go unclaimed.

Funded largely by the United Way of Greater Toronto, the Ontario Ministry of Health and the City of Toronto, The Good Neighbours' Club is assisted by the Daily Bread Food Bank, Second Harvest, Whole Foods Market and Torontonians who realize that these men could be their fathers, their brothers, their sons or even themselves. For more information about The Good Neighbours' Club please visit

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