On June 22nd, 2011, TCAT was honoured for its receipt of a Vital People grant awarded by the Toronto Community Foundation. Vital Ideas recognizes Toronto's most high-impact organizations and supports their work to stabilize, expand, or replicate programs with successful track records.
The Vital People grant program supports and recognizes valued leaders who are making outstanding contributions working at not-for-profit organizations. The awards were distributed at the Toronto Community Foundation’s annual Vital Toronto event, recognizing the achievements of a remarkable group of people and organizations who are working to make Toronto an even better city. Vital Toronto was hosted by Matt Galloway at CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio.
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Toronto Community Foundation President & CEO, Rahul K. Bhardwaj, and its new Board Chair, John MacIntyre, presented a commemorative award to Nancy Smith Lea, Director of the Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation.
The work that is made possible by these grants from the Toronto Community Foundation is well underway. With the Vital Ideas funding, TCAT is currently developing a "Complete Streets by Design" resource. Once completed, this professional and visually appealing print and on‐line resource will provide a vision, through a variety of practical designs for both urban and suburban streets, of how Toronto would look like with complete streets. The first phase of this work – to develop criteria for selecting street types and to identify five candidate streets – was completed at the end of June and is currently being circulated to stakeholders for feedback. The design work will begin in early August. The anticipated release date for the completed guide is April 2012.