Coun. Pam McConnell
City Councillor, Ward 28, Toronto Centre-Rosedale
Since 1982, Pam McConnell has served the residents in downtown Toronto, first as a school trustee for 12 years and currently as the City Councillor for Ward 28, Toronto Centre-Rosedale. Pam has focused her public service on working with residents and groups to build healthy communities for all Torontonians.
In her sixth term as City Councillor, Pam serves on the Government Management Committee, which oversees and makes recommendations on the City's assets and administrative operations. In addition, she is a member of Toronto & East York Community Council, which is responsible for local planning and neighbourhood issues. Pam is on the Board of Directors of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and chairs FCM’s Standing Committee on Increasing Women’s Participation in Municipal Government.
As a City Councillor, Pam continues to oversee the redevelopment of Regent Park, including the addition of a new aquatic facility and central park. With community members, Pam is leading the improvements in the St. Lawrence Market Precinct, securing a new $75 million North Market building and studies creating the framework to highlight the area’s heritage. Pam continues to work with local residents and Waterfront Toronto on the development of the West Don Lands and East Bayfront neighbourhoods, creating healthy, sustainable, and vibrant communities.
Some of Pam’s initial work as a Councillor centred around children. As a member of the Children and Youth Action Committee, she led the campaign against user fees in City recreation centres and developed the Children’s Report Card. This work for children and youth continues, and in 2005, she celebrated the opening of the Wellesley Community Centre, the first built in Toronto since amalgamation, and hosts an annual job fair for youth.
Pam has been one of Toronto's representatives at FCM since 1999. Some of her most significant work at FCM has been as a member and current Chair of the Women's Committee. She has been instrumental in the formation of the action plan to encourage and support women seeking municipal office and in the creation of materials and programs being implemented across the country.
As Chair of the Toronto Police Services Board from 2004 to 2005, and Vice-Chair from 2005 to 2010, Pam worked to address racial profiling in the Service, challenging the police complaints system to ensure independent civilian oversight, bringing community policing back to the City’s neighbourhoods, and launching an investigation into paid duty to save tax dollars.
In her time as school trustee, and as Chair of the Toronto Board of Education in 1992, Pam was well known as an advocate for children living in poverty. Her accomplishments during that time include helping to found Parents for Better Beginnings in Regent Park, the Brighter Futures – St. James Town health project, and the Student Nutrition Coalition, which began the breakfast and lunch programs in Toronto schools. In 1997, she received an award from the Duke of Edinburgh for her work with inner city youth.
After living for almost 40 years in Cabbagetown, Pam and her family have recently moved into the revitalized Regent Park.
Council Committees and Appointments
• Government Management Committee
• Toronto and East York Community Council
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
• National Board of Directors
• Standing Committee on Increasing Women’s Participation in Municipal Government (Chair)
• 70 Berkeley Street Community Centre, Board of Management
• 192 Carlton Street (Second Mile Club), Board of Management
• Canadian Stage Company, Board of Directors
• Lorraine Kisma Young People’s Theatre, Board of Directors
• St. Lawrence Centre for the Performing Arts, Board of Management
• Town of York Historical Society
Business Improvement Areas
• Cabbagetown BIA, Board of Management
• Downtown Yonge BIA, Board of management
• Historic Queen East BIA, Board of Management
• St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood BIA, Board of Management
• Waterfront BIA , Board of Management