Friday, July 13, 2012

The Etobicoke Urban Hero Awards portraits are always a good assignment. These people are all actively doing something to make their community a better place, seem to be invariably cheerful and humble, and are surprised anyone wants to take a photo and give them an award. Very nice to shoot. All photos copyright Mary Gaudet/Etobicoke Guardian.

Greenholme Junior Middle School Principal Terry Singh is an Urban Hero for his work building parent engagement and boosting student achievement in the Jamestown school. (May 30, 2012)

Marcella Porretta is an Urban Hero for her work with Monsignor Percy Johnson Catholic School's Me to We program, which has raised thousands of dollars though students' daily volunteer activities. Money goes to charities in Canada and to build schools overseas. (June 5, 2012)

Teacher Andrew Hut is an Urban Hero for his volunteer work as coach of a number of sports teams at St. Dorothy Catholic School, including the popular basketball program. (May 30, 2012)

Kay Mountford is an Urban Hero for her dedication to the community, including fundraising tens of thousands of dollars for cancer research, which recently included shaving her head. (June 5, 2012)

Nancy Allen, yoga and fitness instructor, is an Urban Hero for her volunteer work with school children, bringing healthy activity to kids free of charge. (May 30, 2012)

Anna Schaefer is an Urban Hero for her many contributions to the community, including implementing a volunteer-run Kiss N' Ride at St. Clements Catholic School that has improved student safety and eased congestion. (June 6, 2012)

Greenholme Junior Middle School teacher Nigel Barriffe is an Urban Hero for standing up for the underdog through his work as a social, economic, and educational advocate. (June 12, 2012)

The Etobicoke Humane Society is an Urban Hero for its commitment to pets in need. Treasurer Mike Falagario, back left, public relations officer Jennie Grado, president Pia Lauretti, front left, and shelter and office representative Karen Heaslip take a moment to play with some of the kittens looking for families at the society's new location at 67 Six Point Rd. (June 12, 2012)

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I'm a photojournalist based in Toronto, Canada. I started working in the summer of 2010, shooting for weekly newspapers, magazines, and the web, after a year at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario. My background is in anthropology, and graduate studies took me to South America to look at social change and political empowerment. I try to bring together my anthropology and photography studies in my work, since at their best both are about looking closely to find revealing moments, so we can better understand one another's lives.