Co-Hosted by IDI GTA and the Town of Richmond Hill, the 2015 Public Heroes GTA Awards were held at the Oak Ridges Community Centre. The charity sponsor of the event was Tema Conter Memorial Trust, which is active in the study and education of post-traumatic stress disorder. The opening remarks of the evening were given by Mayor Dave Barrow. The Keynote address was delivered by Rob Clarke, Member of Parliament for Desnethé-Missnippi-Churchill River, representing northern Saskatchewan. An 18 year veteran of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police(RCMP), Rob has extensive policing experience pertaining to First Nation communities.Chief Bill Blair was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. In his acceptance, he acknowledged the Toronto Police Service and the community safety and service people who helped in ensuring the safety of communities along with the first responders. Chief Blair also thanked the IDI and acknowledged the work that they have done together over the past ten years. He spoke to the accomplishments of IDI in the city of Toronto and the surrounding GTA for creating an atmosphere that was welcoming and respectful, not just tolerant of each other’s cultures.
Chief Bill Blair was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.
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