Women to Watch: Jennifer McKelvie, Scarborough’s Champion
Councillor Jennifer McKelvie has served as City Councillor for Ward 25: Scarborough- Rouge Park since the 2018 municipal election. Her ward encompasses much of eastern Scarborough, the Toronto Zoo, the University of Toronto Scarborough, Rouge National Urban Park, and the neighbourhoods of Centennial, Highland Creek, Malvern, Morningside Heights, West Rouge, and Port Union.
She has successfully won over her constituents through her electoral priorities of enhancing public transit, protecting the environment, and creating employment opportunities in Scarborough. She actively advocates against public investment and municipal jobs shifting out of Scarborough and into downtown Toronto. McKelvie believes replacing the Scarborough RT line in favour of a three-stop subway and building an Eglinton East LRT line are crucial transit projects necessary to properly connect Scarborough with the rest of Toronto. This, in addition to the Scarborough subway extension announced in 2019, can have immense impacts on the levels of available transportation around the city and enable access to greater employment opportunities.
In the past few years, she has played a critical role in Scarborough’s development, working alongside officials on projects such as the North East Scarborough Community Center, the Community Crisis Service Pilot and the Port Union Road Improvements Project. As an active and involved representative, she has made herself available to all residents to discuss any issues regarding local transit, roads, infrastructure, land use/zoning, property taxes, garbage collection, parks and libraries.
A tireless advocate for Scarborough, Jennifer has a long record of community service. She recently served as the first President of the Scarborough Community Renewal Organization and as President of the Centennial Community & Recreation Association. In this capacity, she worked collaboratively with stakeholders and residents to advocate for investment in Scarborough. Jennifer has also served as a member of the UTSC Council as a citizen member of the Toronto Region Conservation Authority and as a member of the Scarborough Women of Philanthropy, a council in support of the Scarborough & Rouge Hospital Foundation.
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