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Toronto (December 20,2012) – CTV Toronto’s Tom Brown has been awarded the Queen’s DiamondJubilee Medal. Recognized for his work on the station’s annual Toy Mountaincampaign benefitting The Salvation Army, Brown has helped make wishes come trueon Christmas morning for thousands of children across the GTA since becominginvolved when he joined CTV News in 2004. Presided over by the Honourable DavidC. Onley, Brown received the prestigious award in a ceremony held last night atQueen’s Park in Toronto.
“Itwas my privilege to nominate Tom Brown for the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal,” said Major John Murrayof The Salvation Army. “Tom is a passionate supporter of the Salvation Army andthose that we serve. He is dedicated and committed to helping raise awarenessof The Salvation Army's work and he is engaged in every aspect of the CTV ToyMountain Campaign. Tom is most worthy of this special honour and The SalvationArmy is proud to call him a friend.”
Brown was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, which recognizesrecipients for outstanding contributions to theircommunities and long-term exemplaryservice. In addition to being a symbol ofremarkable achievements, the Diamond JubileeMedal is also a celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years ofservice and devotion to our great country.
“Tom’s vivacious energy and community spirit are palpable, andmake him the perfect person to inspire others to get involved,” said PaulRogers, Senior Vice President, CTV News. “Tom leads by example, and hisgreatest reward is being able to give back – so it is my sincere pleasure tocongratulate him for this honourable recognition.”
In addition to his dedication to theToy Mountain campaign each year, Brown is also passionate about children withspecial needs and regularly participates in events to benefit the Durham RegionDown Syndrome Association. Every year, he acts as Master of Ceremonies for the“Walk So Kids Can Talk” for Kids Help Phone, the Cystic Fibrosis Society “GreatStrides” walkathon, and the Children’s Charity Variety Village annual “Walk-n-Roll”fundraiser. In recognition of his dedication and support of children’scharities, Brown was the recipient of Variety Village’s 2011 Spotlight Award.In addition, he champions children’s health services at The Hospital for SickChildren, Princess Margaret Hospital, and Oshawa Hospital Foundation.
Brown is extremely supportive of theCanadian Cancer Society and their efforts to raise funds for cancer researchand support services. For the last four years, Brownhas served asMaster of Ceremonies for the organization’s annual “Cops for Cancer” fundraiserin Toronto’s Peel Region.
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