Toronto Votes 2022: Ward 19 Beaches-East York Councillor candidate Jennie Worden profile

Jennie Worden is a Councillor candidate for Ward 19 Beaches-East York in the Oct. 24 municipal election.

JENNIE WORDEN – Ward 19 Beaches-East York candidate for Councillor

Hello neighbours! My name is Jennie Worden, I am the Executive Director of Orchestra Toronto, and I am also an activist, community builder, singer, and avid cyclist.

I am a born and raised Torontonian with a deeply rooted love for this city, and I have called Beaches-East York home for over a decade. In that time, I have seen the city I love become dirtier, more challenging, and less safe for everyone. I am running to be the next Councillor for Beaches-East York to change that.

I was a member of the Women in Toronto Politics steering committee, and am currently an advocate for tenants’ rights, a proud member of Toronto ACORN, and a founding member of East Enders Against Racism. My key priorities for my first term on city council are informed directly by my work in these capacities.

If I am elected to City Council, I will prioritize developing truly affordable rent-geared-to-income housing and ending exclusionary zoning policies. I will prioritize a robust funding strategy to improve and revitalize our wards’ parks, parkettes, and public spaces and work to retrofit and/or install accessible winterized washroom facilities.

I will actively support arts funding and programming to support local artists and bolster our East End artistic community. I will prioritize developing vibrant, safe, and complete streets that uplift small businesses and foster 15-minute walkable neighbourhoods. I will work towards expanding the SafeTO program into our ward to provide our neighbours with non-police and trauma-informed responses to community issues.

I believe that I can be the Councillor that we deserve: A Councillor who is passionate about the position they hold, and who is accessible and accountable. A Councillor who is free from corporate influence and unbeholden to existing power structures.

I am relentless in my commitment to trying every option, with everything I have, to make the Toronto that we want and need.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Beach Metro Community News asked the candidates to send us in their profiles and why they are running for office. We present the above to our readers in the hopes you can learn more about the candidates running in the Oct. 24 municipal election and that this information will help inform your vote.

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