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`Dedicated man' honoured

The Toronto Star, NICHOLAS KEUNG, STAFF REPORTER, March 3, 2004

To many, he's known simply as Charlie.

By day, 60-year-old Charlie is a Bay Street banker — an executive vice-president with RBC Financial Group, his employer for 41 years./p>

But Charlie is also a champion for women's and children's rights and aboriginal communities, who challenges executives to be good corporate citizens./p>

Charlie is Charles Coffey, the recipient of Yorktown Family Services' 2004 Humanitarian Award for Community Service./p>

"Women contribute to our society and children represent the next generation of leaders, a group that needs constant nurturing, caring and feeding," said Coffey, who received the award last night at a gala dinner at The Old Mill Inn./p>

"I am humbled by the award. It means tonight we will have 300 people who will better understand (the issues) and I will continue to act as a disciple on behalf of Yorktown by telling their story wherever I go."/p>

Founded in 1949 as part of the York Public Health Department, the agency, near St. Clair Ave. W. and Dufferin St., became a community organization in 1993, offering a full range of services for children, youth, women and families./p>

"I'm so pleased to be here tonight to honour this very gracious, modest and quietly dedicated man who has done so much for so many," executive director Karen Engel said.

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