Today, Dr. Jennifer McKelvie submitted nomination papers at Toronto City Hall to run for Councillor, Ward 47. Jennifer is proud to call Ward 47 home with her husband and two children. Having grown up in Scarborough, she has lived in ward 47 for the past 13 years.
An active member of her community, Jennifer was elected President of the Centennial Community & Recreation Association from 2015 to 2017. In this capacity, she worked collaboratively with all Ward 47 community associations to advocate for local residents at City Hall. This included making a successful deputation regarding the Highland Creek incinerator.
After finishing as runner-up in the 2014 campaign, Jennifer dedicated herself to grassroots community service. As a Board Member of University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Council (2015-2018), she has worked to create linkages between “town and gown.” Having served as a Board Member of the Toronto Region Conservation Authority (2015-2018), Jennifer is prepared to fight for improved waterfront recreation access. Recognizing the importance of strong local health services, Jennifer became an Executive Member of Scarborough Women of Philanthropy, a council in support of the Scarborough & Rouge Hospital Foundation. As the inaugural President of the Scarborough Community Renewal Organization (2016-2018), Jennifer has advocated for increased municipal jobs in Scarborough, a local living arts centre and a trades training centre.
In 2017, Scarborough Rotary recognized Jennifer for her dedicated community work with the Paul Harris Fellow award. She is also a recipient of the Leading Women, Building Communities Recognition Award by the Province of Ontario (2015) and was a University of Toronto Scarborough Canada 150 Neighbour (2017).