Posted by Carol Hutchinson on May 07, 2019
Guest Speakers:  Friday, May 31, 2019, Location:  The National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic:  The Times They are A Changing, Host: : Marg Stanowski
Joe Cressy
Gordon Cressey


Bio Joe Cressy

Joe is the City Councillor for Ward 10, Spadina-Fort York. A City Councillor since 2014, Joe has been a champion for building a better and more liveable city - for affordable housing, public transit, safe cycling infrastructure, new and improved parkland, expanding community services, childcare, arts and culture, and combatting our growing overdose crisis.


Working with local neighbourhoods, Joe built new bike lanes across the downtown. He prioritized equity and affordability, securing dozens of new units of affordable housing and standing up for new Torontonians. He fought to improve transit and public space through the King Street Transit Pilot and John Street Cultural Corridor, saved 401 Richmond and created a new arts and cultural tax class, and secured a partnership for a new YMCA on Richmond Street. He championed the creation of the Syrian Refugee Resettlement program. He built new parks and greenspaces in every neighbourhood across the old Ward 20, and fought hard to implement supervised injection services, that are currently saving the lives of Torontonians across the city.

In his various appointments, including to the Board of Health and Chair of the Toronto Drug Strategy Implementation Panel, Community Development and Recreation Committee, Toronto Community Housing Corporation Board of Directors, Sub-committee on Climate Change and Adaptation, and previous Toronto Youth Equity Strategy Champion, he is committed to making life fairer, and more liveable for everyone.

Bio Gordon Cressy
Gordon Cressy has a long career of public service spanning more than 50 years, beginning with 
working with the YMCA in Trinidad in the West Indies in the early 1960's followed by youth work on the south side of Chicago. 
In Toronto he has chaired the Toronto Board of Education, served as a City Councillor and
President of the United Way as well as spending a decade as Vice President of the University of Toronto and then with Ryerson University.
He created the annual Take our Kids to Work Day and started the Jump Start program at Canadian Tire.  His volunteer work with the YMCA, Urban Alliance on Race Relations, the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund and the Harmony Movement has propelled him to be a strong advocate for racial equality and social justice.