April 10, 2006 14:03 ET

United Way wins Arthur Kroeger award for Policy Leadership

Attention: City Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA RELEASE--(CCNMatthews - April 10, 2006) - United Way of Greater Toronto's research and leadership on issues of poverty and underserved Toronto neighbourhoods has won an Arthur Kroeger College Award for Policy Leadership.

The policy leadership honour is being given in recognition of United Way's impact in Toronto through its public policy research and advocacy, and its ability to mobilize community volunteers and financial resources to strengthen neighbourhoods. It's one of five awards annually bestowed by Carleton University's Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs.

The other four recipients of the 2006 awards are Stephen Lewis for Ethics in Public Affairs, Rick Mercer for Public Discourse, Ken Lyotier of United We Can Bottle Depot for Citizenship and Community Affairs, and First Nations Bank of Canada for Management.

"United Way is honoured to receive this prestigious recognition of our work in Toronto, confirming the impact we're having in the city's neighbourhoods through research, partnerships and direct action through our network of social agencies," said Frances Lankin, President and CEO, United Way of Greater Toronto. "This is an inspiring start to our 50th year in Toronto and a testament to the dedication of United Way staff and volunteers and everyone we work with to create meaningful change in the community."

The jury for the Policy Leadership award said that, "As a model to others of how to define and consider public policy challenges, mobilize resources and activist responses of signal impact, the United Way of Greater Toronto has demonstrated a leadership, focus, and determined creativity that is truly remarkable." Chaired by Senator Hugh Segal, the jury reviewed several United Way initiatives from the last four years, including A Decade of Decline (2002), The Toronto City Summit (2002), Task Force on Access to Space (2002), Poverty by Postal Code (2004), and The Strong Neighbourhoods Task Force (2005). Information on these initiatives is available at www.unitedwaytoronto.com.

A leader in public affairs education, Kroeger College established the awards in 1999 to commend individuals and organizations whose contributions to public life have helped inform Canadians, enhanced government, and made Canada a better place to live. "These awards recognize and celebrate the varied ways in which individuals and organizations contribute to the betterment of public life in Canada," said Dr. Eileen Saunders, Director of the Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs.

Recipients will receive their awards on Tuesday, April 11, 2006, at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa. More information on the awards is available at www.carleton.ca/akcollege/.

For 50 years, United Way of Greater Toronto has been working to create sustainable change in the lives of Torontonians. Through research, partnerships with government, volunteers, labour, and business, and by funding a network of 200 health and social agencies, United Way identifies needs and takes action to support people and develop strong communities.

Contact Information

  • Pearce Bannon, Public Affairs Officer, United Way of Greater Toronto
    Primary Phone: 416-777-1444 ext. 386