For the first time, a former tenant will chair the Toronto Community Housing Corporations board of directors. City Council confirmed the appointment of David Mitchell, a current board member, at its meeting on Tuesday, March 4, 2008.
This is an incredibly important appointment, said Mayor David Miller. To have a former tenant with knowledge of both the Corporation and the board will bring a new vision and focus to the board.
Mr. Mitchell is a Deputy Superintendent, Administration, at the Metro East Detention Centre. He has a long history of community service, including his work as a director on the Citizens for the Advancement of Community Development Organization and as a member of the international board of directors with the Social Justice Institute. He is also a founding member of the Association of Black Law Enforcers and served as its first president.
The board is composed of 13 members including: the Mayor (or his designate), three members of City Council, two citizen members who are tenants and seven citizens nominated by the Corporations Nominating Panel.
In addition to appointing the new chair, City Council also approved the appointments of Zahra Dhanani, Michelle Joseph, Greg Kalil, Carol Osler, Sheerin Anwer Sheikh, and Ronald Struys. Their term on the board will run from March 17, 2008 to December 31, 2009.
This board reflects a great range of diversity and depth of experience that will serve all residents as the Toronto Community Housing Corporation moves forward with its Community Management Plan and the revitalization of its communities, Mayor Miller added. I also want to extend our appreciation to the outgoing board members for their commitment and important contributions to our community and city-building efforts.
Toronto Community Housing is Canadas largest landlord with about 160,000 tenants. It provides affordable housing for people with low and moderate incomes in approximately 58,000 rental housing units in more than 2,000 buildings across the city.
Toronto is Canadas largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Torontos government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.