Nominated by: Scarborough Women’s Centre
Lynda is the Executive Director of Scarborough Women’s Centre; she celebrated her 30th anniversary in 2016. She has served on numerous inter-agency initiatives to support marginalized women to achieve economic and emotional independence and freedom from violence, including the TTC Surface Route Study that resulted in the implementation of the Request Stop program. Lynda has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Toronto and has been a Registered Social Worker since 1983. Through CESO Lynda has provided consultation to the Longo Drom National Federation of Gypsies in Eastern Europe, focused on promoting economic security and independence. Her awards and recognition include: Learning-Centred College Award, Centennial College, 2018; Ontario Leading Women Building Communities 2016; City of Toronto Constance E. Hamilton Award on the Status of Women 2013; Centennial College President’s Spirit Award, Strong Girls, Strong Women Team 2013; recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International Foundation in 2007 for her service to the community; the City of Scarborough Civic Recognition Certificate for her work on Community Safety in 1997; listed in “Who’s Who Canada” and “Who’s Who of Women in Canada” since 1995; and represented City of Toronto in the Pan Am Games Torch Relay 2015.