Toronto's Historical Plaques
2004 - Now in our 10th Year - 2014
Kempton Howard Park
Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2007
Attached to a rock is this 2007 City of Toronto plaque dedicating this park on Blake Street to the memory of Kempton Howard. Here's what the plaque says:
Plaque coordinates: 43.675353 -79.339635
Kempton Howard grew up in the Blake/Boultbee community. Kempton was a talented and respected youth leader and mentor. He was a part-time staff person at the Boys and Girls Club at Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre, where he was the moderator of the Torch Club (a junior leadership program), an after-school children's program leader, a head summer day camp counsellor, a youth basketball coach and an inspiring and beloved role model.
Kempton was awarded the Youth Ontario Volunteer Services Award, and a Boys and Girls Clubs of Ontario scholarship for college and contributed his skills in other communities in Toronto.
Kempton was tragically killed on December 13, 2003 in his 24th year and will be forever remembered in the hearts of the children and youth of the Blake/Boultbee community, his colleagues at Eastview and other Boys and Girls Clubs, and many community residents for his gifts to the community.
Kempton Howard Park is dedicated to the memory of Kempton who will always be an inspiration to our community, children and youth to develop their leadership potential, serve their community, and aspire to excellence in all their future endeavours.
Here are the visitors' comments for this page.
> Posted November 9, 2011
Dear Kempton Howard, i was reading what happened in 2003 and i was crying even tho i didnt know you. Your leadership and your love of the community just inspired me to be be someone like you in my community. You are a good model for all young people, not only at blake you are also a good model for entire world. we will never forget you and you will always be the hero of all young people. your acts and your accomplishments will always be our guide.
Placenet student at eastview community centre Kazokura Moussa
> Posted June 4, 2009
I did know kempton as a friend but hes described as a very respected person that everyone knew and loved. I wish I could have met him we probly would have been very close friends because I paticipate in E.B.A and eastview programs but yeah anyways. R.I.P nuff love -Clifton Palmer (CP3)
> Posted May 19, 2009
It warms my heart to know that Kempton is gone but not forgotten.When I open things like this to know that people still do care we all have to make a stand to stop the guns that is taking over our young children.
Loving Mom Joan Howard
> Posted April 14, 2009
May the day come soon when the guns fall silent and the voices of love and hope are heard.
> Posted March 26, 2009
RIP Kempton Howard
- Abdi Hassan
> Posted February 27, 2009
R.I.P Kempton. You'll forever be in my heart. Nuff love.
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