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What People Are Saying About Games Legacy Community Construction Milestone

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What People Are Saying About Games Legacy Community Construction Milestone

Pan Am and Parapan Am Games

"The CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletes' Village is an amazing project for the City of Toronto and the revitalization of its waterfront. Our athletes will be just the first tenants in this new 14-hectare development, which is coming together at an amazing speed thanks to the leadership of the Province of Ontario, Infrastructure Ontario and Waterfront Toronto. Long after the Games are over, the city's newest neighbourhood will pulse with life."

-- David Peterson, Chair, TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015)

"As we get closer to the Games, it is great to see the progress and all the work put into this important infrastructure that thousands of athletes, coaches and team officials will call home when we host the games in Canada. Our government is proud to support the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and is pleased that the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletes' Village will also leave a lasting housing and recreation legacy for Torontonians."

-- Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport)

"As the Host City of the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games, the City of Toronto is proud to be an active partner in the realization of the Pan Am / Parapan Am Athletes' Village. This important project embodies the principles and community-building values that make Toronto such an inclusive, vibrant and dynamic city. The Pan Am Athlete's Village will leave a lasting legacy for our city and will be a community that we can proudly showcase to the tens of thousands of athletes, coaches, officials and visitors who will come to our city in 2015 and beyond."

-- Mark Grimes, Councillor, City of Toronto

"The reclaiming and repurposing of the West Don Lands is a crucial step forward for Toronto, necessary for the city's social and environmental sustainability. George Brown College is proud to play our part as a contributor to the large scale redevelopment of the neighbourhood, the future home of our first student residence. Not only will the area become a dynamic community during the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in 2015, but the vibrancy will remain as our students make the Athletes' Village their home the following year."

-- Anne Sado, President, George Brown College

"What a privilege it is for our Y to be part of this growing, diverse community. As part of our Strong Start, Great Future campaign, the YMCA of Greater Toronto is committed to bringing a true Centre of Community to the Canary District -- one where all residents have access to the programs and services they need to achieve physical, social and mental health. For 160 years, our charity has been creating safe and welcoming places where everyone has equal access in order to reach their full potential and help build healthier communities."

-- Tim Penner, Chair, YMCA of Greater Toronto

"The affordable housing components of this project will contribute significantly to Wigwamen's goal of fostering dignity and independence among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal families, singles and seniors. Living in a great community brings hope, empowerment and a sense of well-being and belonging that can inspire an individual or a family to thrive and contribute to the community."

 -- Bill Kinoshameg, President, Wigwamen Incorporated

"I am so pleased that Fred Victor will have the opportunity to house 300 families on the Pan Am site in an affordable building with the supportive services needed to make a fresh start. The new West Don Lands community will further support our tenants with access to recreation, employment opportunities and public transportation. Our Fresh Start Capital Campaign to convert and furnish the units and program space offers an excellent opportunity to involve Fred Victor's donors and friends in the excitement of the Pan Am Affordable Housing as well."

-- Mark Aston, Executive Director, Fred Victor 

"Today's topping off of the final buildings in the Athletes' Village is an important milestone that demonstrates what can be achieved with strong and effective partnerships. When the athletes and officials arrive here in 2015, they will have a stunning new neighbourhood to call home for the Games, but what's more important is the very positive legacy of this project for the city, the province and the community whose years of work have been integral to making this happen. In 2015, the Village area and the broader West Don Lands will be a vibrant, inclusive new riverside community full of activity that adds to the fabric of the city."

-- John Campbell, President, Waterfront Toronto

"The Dundee Kilmer team and its partners, Infrastructure Ontario and Waterfront Toronto, are proud to celebrate the topping off of the final building in this important new urban village. This innovation and award-winning mixed-use community, Canary District, sets a new standard for design, livability and sustainability in city living."

-- Jason Lester, President, Dundee Kilmer Developments L.P.

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