Meet Mary – a Passionate, Progressive, Caring and Effective Community Leader
You might find Mary out running along a street in your neighbourhood or taking a yoga class in a studio on the Danforth. She attended Wilkinson PS, Earl Grey Senior PS and Riverdale Collegiate Institute.
As a child of Greek immigrants, Mary knows first-hand both the challenges facing new Canadians and how they can contribute to the success for our city. Mary worked to break down barriers for people of all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds as an outreach volunteer of the Royal Ontario Museum. Mary helped pioneer a project to make many of Ontario’s public museums and galleries more accessible to new Canadians.
In 2007, Mary founded the Broadview Community Youth Group (BCYG). The BCYG ran after school programs and camps to area youth from all walks of life in activities to build self-confidence, self-worth and a strong sense of community. Mary’s involvement in the campaign for Transit City inspired her to run for City Council.
Prior to her election in 2010, Mary was a small business owner. In 2008, her company was awarded Best Overall Performance for Small Business in Toronto. The award recognized Mary for her green advocacy efforts in promoting conferences dedicated to eco-marketing.
In 2009, Mary was asked by Jack Layton to run for City Council.
Mary is on the Board of the TTC and the Toronto Public Library – two of her great passions. Mary served as the Vice-Chair of the Toronto and East York Community Council. She is on the Toronto Food Policy Council and she is Toronto’s representative on the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance.
Within a week of the Lac Mégantic tragedy, Council passed Mary’s motion calling for greater rail safety in Canada and she now serves on the National Municipal Rail Safety Working Group.
Mary holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Toronto where she studied international development. She completed the Directors Education Program at the Rotman School of Management and has received her ICD.D designation.