With an election scheduled for this fall, we're proud to have three strong nominees competing to be our candidate. We'll be voting to select our candidate on June 27th - but in the meantime, get to know our three nominees below!
Branko Gasperlin earned undergraduate degrees in political science, and economics at York University, and graduate degree in War Studies at Royal Military College. He has business experience as a manager and as a training consultant. He developed leadership skills as a Canadian Armed Forces reserve officer. As an officer he deployed in operational tours to Bosnia, and Afghanistan.
His education, and work experiences has allowed him to manoeuvre complex environments with success. Branko’s core values centre on integrity, honesty, personal courage, and loyalty. Family is the bedrock of his success. He enjoys spending time with his wife (Anica), their daughter, and extended family and friends.
Melissa Graham is a advocate for social justice, public speaker, writer, researcher, and community organizer. She is also a recipient of an Ontario Volunteer Service Award for 2018.
Melissa is also the founder and one of the key organizers for the Toronto Disability Pride March, which began in October 2011. She is an activist involved in issues throughout Ontario and has written for publications such as Abilities magazine and The Monitor. She holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in social justice.
My name is Lubomyra (Luba) Senkiw. I am a multigenerational former resident of Alderwood. My grandparents lived in Mimico briefly before settling the family in Alderwood. My brother and I attended the local Catholic schools. We graduated from Father John Redmond C.S.S. I completed Practical Nursing at Humber College and Hons. Bachelor of Social Work at Ryerson University. I am a social justice advocate with a preference of mental health advocacy. I want to bring mental health services back to our riding!
On March 28th, Etobicoke-Lakeshore NDP hosted a general meeting of the membership to discuss policy resolutions that we will pass forward to the Ontario NDP policy convention in June.
The meeting was well-attended, filling the East room at the Assembly Hall, and lively, with wide-ranging discussion, debate, and deliberation. It was democracy in action.
ELNDP members discussed an array of policy initiatives, including the abolition of solitary confinement, recognition of non-binary persons in ONDP policy, and mandatory inclusionary zoning across Ontario. To read the full text of all nine resolutions, click through to the meeting minutes here.
We also selected our Provincial Council delegates, who will represent us at Ontario NDP provincial council (which meets three to four times a year).
Finally, we selected many of our delegates to the upcoming Ontario NDP policy convention. We are allocated 11 delegates to convention, and we filled eight of those spots during the meeting. Convention occurs on June 14th through 16th of this year, in Hamilton. We will be inviting our members to fill the remaining spots and we are looking forward to sending a full-strength contingent to the convention in June!
The meeting is a reflection of the continued energy and activism of the Etobicoke-Lakeshore NDP, which has continued to organize to take on Doug Ford in Ontario while building a stronger community right here at home.
Alright Bell, you want to talk - let’s talk.
Let’s talk about the role that corporations play in fostering an environment of anxiety and stress that exacerbates mental health concerns.
Let’s talk about a distorted labour market that maximizes the profit that can extracted from real, living human beings - at the expense of their mental health and well-being.
Let’s talk about “Millennial burnout”, as today’s adults struggle to adapt to an environment that’s designed and built for corporations, not people. Let’s talk about the first generation in modern history to see worse working conditions, lower wages, and worse outcomes than their parents - all against the backdrop of record corporate profits.
Let’s talk about the atomization of society and the undermining of strong communities, leaving individuals alone and bereft of the support that we need to survive and thrive.
Let’s talk about mental health - and let’s talk about the systems we build to support it and, yes, the systems we’ve built that attack it, day in and day out.
Let’s talk - to our families. To our friends. To our neighbours.
To each other.
Let’s talk about a better world. Let’s talk about a better way. Let’s talk about building a society that lifts people that; that brings stress down; that supports instead of attacks.
Let’s have that talk, today and every day.
Join us December 7th for our annual fundraising dinner, with special guest Jagmeet Singh!
I am very excited to announce that Jagmeet Singh will be joining us for our annual fundraising dinner on Friday, December 7th, at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall in Long Branch!
Tickets are available, and as always we ensure that they are sold on a sliding cost scale so that financial barriers never prevent people who wish to attend from being part of it.
Your ticket includes dinner and desert; a cash bar is also available.
Click here to RSVP!