Ward 10 North York Centre
By the time he entered politics over 20 years ago, Norm Gardner had spent 10 years as an officer in the Canadian Army Militia, been on two Eastern Canadian judo championship teams and was the regional manager for a large pharmaceutical company. He also worked at his family business, Steeles Bakery. In 1976, Councillor Gardner ran for alderman in North York and won, serving until 1980. At this time, he became a North York controller appointed to Metro council and in 1988 was elected a Metro councillor. He has served in this capacity ever since.
Councillor Gardner participated on many committees and agencies during his terms on Council, including the Metropolitan Toronto Police Services Board, the Human Services Committee, the Financial Priorities Committee, the Canadian National Exhibition Association, St. John's Ambulance and the Civil Rights Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He was also on the board of directors of Mount Sinai Hospital, Branson Hospital and Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care.