My friend and former Council colleague, Pam McConnell, passed away today. Toronto has lost a consistent voice of compassion and a strong advocate for social justice. The city has lost a true neighbourhood champion. Her family has lost so much more.
While Pam and I shared time on Council and on the Police Services Board for a few years, we also served some of the same residents and communities recently as my federal riding and the ward she represented overlapped. Her leadership and experience will be missed on the ground.
She was a great partner in the fight for better housing locally and nationally. She had roots in the co-op sector and was a leader in supporting the transformation of Regent Park.
Her work on increasing the number of women in politics and helping them succeed has created real change across the country. The national mentorship program she set up for young women entering public life will pay dividends for years.
It was always an honour march with her into ‘battle’. The victories were sweet, she turned every setback into a lesson for next time. Always moving forward. Always. We will now march with Pam in our memory, and every time the city gets a little better that memory will be well served.
Rest in Peace. Comfort for her family, and best wishes to her friends, colleagues and staff.
Adam Vaughan, M.P.