In every stage of life, Mitzie has stared in the face of challenge, mounted a strong fight and overcome the odds. Her business background and strong belief in community led to her successful career in leadership roles at Bell Canada, Goodwill Industries and the Toronto Community Housing Corporation. She believes in the power of people working together as a team to build a sustainable life in this province.
Mitzie volunteered her time at the Greater Toronto Civic Action Alliance for a decade, working to find solutions to municipal and regional problems through partnerships and action. Her dedication to public service and innovative thinking was recognized and she became the CEO of Civic Action.
Her next challenge came when she was asked and encouraged to run for office. In 2013, Mitzie became the MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood. From there she was made Associate Minister of Finance (responsible for pension reform), then Minister of Education and followed by Minister of Advanced Education and Skills. During this time graduation rates reached an all-time high. She ensured that there were new resources and supports for children from racialized communities, LGBTQ students, children in foster care, indigenous, northern and rural students. Mitzie knows the importance and value of the public education system, and what it means for the future of Ontario.
As one of seven Liberal MPP’s re-elected, Mitzie has embraced her multiple critic roles that hold the government to task. She is responsible for Finance; Treasury Board, Government and Consumer Services; and Tourism, Culture and Sport. Though challenging, Mitzie has continuously questioned and worked to hold the current government to account
Mitzie is a leader who is not afraid to make the tough decisions. She is the voice of the future…a strong leader, a stronger future.