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Heart and Vision

The Toronto United Church Council’s annual Heart & Vision Awards Concert celebrates our Church's commitment to social justice and recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to social justice initiatives in Canada and internationally.

The 2017 concert will take place on Monday May 15 in the Ada Slaight Hall at Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas St. East). The concert will begin at 7:30 with a reception to follow at 9:15. This year's award recipients are:

Dr. Cindy Blackstock, a member of the Gitksan First Nation, is Executive Director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and a Professor at McGill’s School of Social Work. Her work in child protection and Indigenous children’s rights promotes culturally based equity for First Nations children and families and engages children in reconciliation.


The Very Reverend Stan McKay, a member of the Fisher River Cree Nation, is a spiritual leader, teacher, and activist. He was the first Aboriginal moderator of the United Church of Canada and successfully advocated for the Church’s apology, issued in 1986, for its role in cultural oppression of First Nations peoples.

Musical entertainment will be provided by Kelly Holliff, Brenda MacIntyre, Richard Margison, Jackie Richardson Monica Schroeder, and Spiritwind. Guest speaker, the Right Reverend Jordan Cantwell.

Proceeds from the concert and gifts to the Community Relief Fund will support the Council’s partnership programs through which local congregations rebuild and equip their church facilities to enhance community social services.

For a taste of the evening have a look at last year's highlights featured in the video below. You can also view Roberta Jamieson's and Marie Wilson's award acceptance speeches on Council's Youtube channel.

To have a look at previous years, visit Council's YouTube Channel.

Proceeds from the concert support social causes initiated by the church. In 2009 and 2010, the 40 Oaks project in Regent Park was the beneficiary of the evening’s fundraising. In 2011 and 2012, funds were raised for capital construction and maintenance at the children’s camps with which Council partners. In 2013 income from ticket sales and donations supported Council's work in church "greening" and in 2014 a wide range of Council's initiatives in youth programming, social outreach ministry, and environmental justice received funds.

Council is proud of this program which permits us to say “thank you” to those heroes in whose lives we witness an exemplary dedication to the betterment of society.

Click here to read the biographies of the Heart & Vision award recipients, 2009-2016.

Click here to read about the event hosts, 2009-2016.

Click here for a list of performers, 2009-2016.


The Toronto United Church Council works with the church community to connect resources with ministry. Offering access to professional advice, financial support and leadership development, Council helps our church address the social and spiritual challenges of the day.