WHEREAS the mark of a great city is found in those who give selflessly of their time to help others and make a difference in their communities.
June Callwood was a journalist, author and activist with a career spanning more than 60 years. As an activist for a variety of causes such as poverty and women and children in crisis, she went on to found over 50 social organizations including Jessie's Centre, Nellie's Women's Shelter, Casey House, Feminist Against Censorship and PEN Canada.
This year marks the five year anniversary of the death of June Callwood, one of our country's most respected voices and tireless advocate known as "Canada's Conscience," "Canada's Mother Theresa" and "Saint June."
It's All About Kindness Day provides us all with the opportunity to celebrate June's significant contributions and lasting legacy and serve as a reminder to us all that we can be agents of change through civic activism.
The City of Toronto is proud to recognize her achievements and contributions with the naming of June Callwood Park in Toronto's historic Fort York neighbourhood in her honour. The park will embody her words, "It's all about kindness."
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor Rob Ford, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 16, 2012 as "It's All About Kindness Day"and encourage everyone to emulate June Callwood's philosophy of making a difference through kind thoughts and acts.