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Toronto Beaches Citizen of the Year Award

October 14, 2010

Courtesy of Inside Toronto

Pat Silver named 2010 Beach Citizen of the Year

How many local neighbourhoods can you think of that offer an annual Citizen of the Year award to people who have made significant contributions to their community? Think hard. Personally, I can think of only one. The Beaches (or The Beach if you must) has presented this award for the last 9 years to service minded people who have really made a difference in this community.

Pat Silver, the newly acclaimed 2010 Beach Citizen of the Year, was honoured recently with a ceremony in the Woodbine Park Millennium Garden.

Who's Pat?

Silver was selected by the Beach Citizen of the Year Committee (made up of former Citizens of the Year, and representatives from the founding organizations – Beach Metro News, Community Centre 55 and the Beaches Lions Club) for her long volunteer involvement with the Beach Triangle residents Association, and Beaches Alternative and East Alternative Schools and the Beach Synagogue. She is currently chair of the Danforth Mosaic BIA.

Silver is also a founding member of the Sphere Clown Band, a participation-oriented, musical skit performance group. The band has toured the world for over 30 years, playing locations as exclusive as the White House and as far as China. Somehow when she's not busy running her own successful entertainment company, Beach Triangle resident Pat Silver finds time to volunteer with countless local organizations and causes.

And she's done this now for more than three decades.

Pat hails from St. Louis, Missouri but she’s called The Beach home for 34 years now. "I think I'm with a very esteemed group of people. It's nice to be honoured at home," said Silver, who shares the accolade with past recipients Jean Cochrane (2009), Joan Brent (2008), Mary Christie (2007), David Breech (2006), Arie Nerman (2005), Marie Perrotta (2004), Ted Randall (2003), Glen Cochrane (2002) and Gene Domagala (2001).

It's just this kind of person and this kind of attitude that makes our neighbourhood work. You don't have to look hard to find a neighbour who's a member of a service club or a volunteer at a worthwhile charity. If you'd like to help make your community a better place to live, just leave a comment in the box below or email me. I'm happy to recommend a variety of worthwhile charities and organizations,  if you'd like to contribute your time or money to a good cause.

Help pick the 2011 citizen of the year!

And if you know someone who you think deserves to be recognized for their contribution to the community next year, contact Nancy Culver at Community Centre 55 at 416-691-1113.

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