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A Message from John Tory, Chair of CivicAction

Dear Friends of CivicAction,

By now, you will have heard that Mitzie Hunter won the August 1 provincial by-election in Scarborough-Guildwood and will resign as CEO of CivicAction. On behalf of CivicAction’s board and staff, I would like to congratulate Mitzie and wish her all the best in her new role at Queen’s Park. We also thank Mitzie for her tremendous contribution as CEO over the past year and a half and prior to that as an active volunteer in many different capacities.
CivicAction’s Board of Directors has now begun a search for a new CEO. I welcome your input as a supporter of CivicAction. If you have specific recommendations or nominations for this executive leadership role, please feel free to contact me via by August 23, 2013. Information provided will be treated with discretion and confidentiality.
In the meantime, we will continue to move our strategic priorities forward.

  • Our position remains unchanged on the urgent need to build out our regional transportation network and to find sustainable ways to pay for it ( Thanks to thousands of you who have made your voices heard, we now have more than a third of all GTHA elected officials pledging to support new ways to raise funds for a better regional transportation network – ways that are dedicated, efficient, transparent & accountable, regional, fair, and sustainable. They come from all three levels of government, across party lines, and include representatives from 80% of GTHA municipalities. We will continue to build broad-based support over the next few months.
  • Recently, we began work with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to improve the outcomes of our most vulnerable young people ( CivicAction will work to create greater alignment and sustained action, focused on jobs and opportunities for youth-at-risk, among the private sector, labour, and community organizations. We continue to consult with key stakeholders to develop our plans for the fall.
  • We are working hard to create a truly regional approach to economic development and the attraction of new investment and jobs to the GTA. More news to follow in the fall.

I would like to express my thanks to all the staff at CivicAction who capably continue to move its strategic priorities forward, and bring its inclusive, non-partisan, and results-oriented approach to issues and opportunities facing the Toronto region. The interim Executive Committee – Mina Mawani, Linda Weichel, Tamara Balan and Keesha Bell – will continue to lead the organization, accountable to me, as Chair, and to our Board until the CEO search is complete.
I would also like to thank our volunteer civic leaders and sponsors for their continued support. CivicAction succeeds through collective leadership, and we are grateful for your commitment to guiding our initiatives and our regional vision.  The reality is that we’re in the business of transformative change, and change is constant – I believe it’s what makes CivicAction so special. I look forward to continuing to work with you to make our region prosper and thrive.
John Tory