On November 25, 2009
seven residents and three organizations
were recognized for their ongoing efforts to build a city where
everyone can participate fully in the social, cultural,
economic, recreational and political life of Toronto.
Toronto recognizes the contributions to improving human rights
made by residents or groups through the Access, Equity and Human
The ceremony was held in Toronto City Council.
In attendance was CityTV host
Merrella Fernandez, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario David C. Onley,
City of Toronto Mayor David Miller and members of
Toronto City Council.
William P. Hubbard Award for Race
Relations - Paul Nguyen, Founder of Jane-Finch.com
Paul has served as an inspirational role model to racialized and
marginalized youth across Canada. In 2004, Paul created the
inspirational website 'Jane-Finch.com', which provides a strong
voice to residents within the community in response to racial
discrimination in the broader community. The website is a
virtual hub of community resources, history, art, youth forums
and local news. The website has broken down myths and
stereotypes about minority youth groups and was one of the first
to pioneer the internet youth engagement model. Many other
organizations have studied his website as a successful model for
youth engagement — well before Facebook, YouTube and Twitter
became the mainstream.
Paul's work has raised awareness about youth issues and poverty,
as well as broken down racial stereotypes in vulnerable
communities. He has given innumerable lectures, engaged the
community and used the power of the internet and social media to
create a bridge where racialized communities can connect with
the outside world and vice versa.