Ward 1 Etobicoke North
Suzan Hall represented Ward 1 - Etobicoke North from 2000 to 2010. Suzan has actively represented the residents of the area and consistently achieved results for her Ward.
Her three terms in office have been marked by hard work and dedication to bettering one of Canada's most diverse communities. She was proud her support came from all ethno-cultural communities and that she voted on issues based on information and debates presented. Her contributions to Ward 1 will be remembered far into the future.
The area became safer with $15 million dollars of upgrades to local parks and community centres along with a new 23 Division police station being constructed in the Ward. By fighting to retain Etobicoke's contracted garbage collection service, Suzan helped save taxpayers $20 million. Suzan's annual cleanups of local ravines and efforts to protect trees threatened by the Asian Long-Horned Beetle helped beautify the area and maintain our environmental heritage. Suzan worked with local businesses to establish a Business Improvement Area at Albion and Islington, a first for north Etobicoke. The North Etobicoke Revitalization Project (NERP) that Suzan spearheaded linked residents and employers, providing job opportunities where people live. As a result of her involvement in the NERP Culture group she was invited to become a member of Arts Etobicoke. Suzan was also a strong advocate for the arts at Toronto City Council.
Suzan supported the establishment of the Rexdale Community Hub bringing much needed service to the community. She helped obtain ablution facilities for Friday Prayer for the Muslim community at Elmbank Community Centre who have been praying there for almost 30 years. Suzan worked with the Shree Swaminaryan Mandir to help them through the process of building their Havali and beautiful marble Temple and brought bus service to the entrance of the temple.
Suzan leaves municipal politics with a strong sense of accomplishment with her work on Transit City to bring Light Rail Transit (LRT) to north Etobicoke along Finch Avenue to Humber College and obtained a feasibility study to eventually have the LRT go to Woodbine Entertainment and onto the airport. Suzan Hall worked with Woodbine, the City and community to bring the billion dollar Woodbine Live development into being as this future complex will spawn thousands of jobs. Her advocacy ensured that north Etobicoke residents would have a five month lead-time in applying for jobs at Woodbine Live.
Prior to her election to City Council, Suzan represented the community as the area's school trustee from 1984 to 2000. As a leader in the education community, Suzan served as Chair of the Etobicoke Board of Education and Vice-chair of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). During her tenure, Suzan led the way in developing the first Race Relations policy for the Etobicoke Board and promoted the expansion and building of new schools in north Etobicoke. She was Chair of the Board when the Humberwood Centre was conceived and oversaw the construction of North Kipling Junior Middle School including the addition of a multi-purpose room and seniors rooms to the North Kipling Community Centre.
Suzan has been active in the community for decades as a parent, volunteer and community activist. Suzan was instrumental in obtaining Thistletown Multi-Service Centre for the community and has been active on their board for over 20 years as Chair and Vice-Chair. She serves on the executive committee for the Church of Saint Paul The Apostle and as Chair of the First Stage Child Care Centre Board.
Suzan has been honoured to represent the residents of Ward 1 for a decade of community service.