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TTC and its employees serve Toronto, but also play active city building role

2/1/13 6:00 AM

The TTC’s core business is moving people from A to B on clean, safe, reliable vehicles with the support of helpful, professional staff. Our efforts are focused around that objective and that will continue.

But I strongly believe that the TTC also has a role to play in city building and in playing its part in the community.

Earlier this week, I attended a seminar entitled, From Battlefield to Boardroom, designed to promote the value of employing former service personnel into business. A series of speakers extolled the particular attributes that ex-Forces staff can bring to an organization, and this is certainly an avenue that I would like to pursue as we seek to professionalize the TTC from top to bottom.

The TTC has a proud history of links with the military. Every year, we participate in Remembrance Day ceremonies and we have a number of reservist and former service personnel in our ranks today.

The TTC and its employees, in fact, are actively involved in many community activities. In the last 10 years alone, TTC employees have raised more than $12 million for the United Way. As well, many staff give up their time to serve other charities and city institutions in the name of community spirit.

The TTC actively supports community functions, big and small. February, for example, is Black History Month, where the City recognizes past and present contributions that African-Canadians have made to Toronto’s rich life. The TTC is a great way to get to the many of the events and exhibits that celebrate Black History Month.

So while our core focus remains on the day (and night) job of keeping Toronto moving, I would like to see the TTC play an even larger role in supporting the communities, people and events that make this city so special.

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