TORONTO, Ontario – It was a landslide win for Tiffany Ford in the Toronto Municipal polls Monday night. Ford was officially elected trustee of the York West school board, beating her closest competitor, Matias De Dovitiis, by more than 3,000 votes, with a total of 6,480 votes.
“Our community came out in record numbers, and they have made their voices clear,” says Ford, a communications specialist and entrepreneur. “They want change and they want people who are from our community to lead in supporting our students and creating positive changes for our schools in York West. I’m grateful and ready to work.”
Born and raised in the Jane-Finch community, Ford says, she has an authentic perspective of what it means to be labeled an “at-risk” youth, while striving beyond the stereotypes and stigma that marginalized people are faced with in Toronto’s York West community.
She is the founder of Beyond ‘at-Risk’, an organization that aims to dismantle negative connotations associated with the term ‘at-risk’, by challenging and deconstructing harmful stereotypes to enhance meaningful programming for youth living in ‘high-priority’ neighbourhoods.
“The opportunity to directly influence change for better schools, accessibility to quality education, providing transparency and promoting a holistic approach for serving our young people in York West is an opportunity I must utilize,” says Ford.
As the York West Trustee, Ford says, her primary focus will be on forging the interrelationship between students, teachers, parents, principal’s and the community to maximize accountability and transparency.
The neophyte school board trustee says, she will also be committed to creating fiscal responsibility without budget cuts to the classroom; promoting safe and healthy school environments; better tools for educators; more funding for schools in York West and more transportation for students.
Ford is also the founder of the Ford Global Group, the parent company of marketing communications firm Ford Publicity. In 2014, she expanded her entrepreneurial portfolio and ventured into the telecom industry with Pepeyee Communications.