Pamela Gough has been a change maker in our community for over two decades. Beginning as a resident with her successful fight to reopen a neighbourhood school, through her 17 year tenure as Etobicoke-Lakeshore’s elected Toronto District School Board Trustee, she has lived out her belief of combining smart policy with community collaboration to create stronger schools and neighbourhoods.
In her role as Trustee, Pamela has fought for expansion and reopening of schools in the Sunnylea, Norseman and Queensway communities. Well ahead on the issues of school zone pedestrian safety and active transportation, Pamela put Vision Zero school zone safety on the map beginning in 2014, working with now Toronto mayoral candidate Jennifer Keesmaat.
With the explosive growth taking place in Etobicoke-Lakeshore, Pamela believes that investing in smart, transit-oriented development has never been more critical. She and her husband Tom are founding members of the Sunnylea Kingsway Community Association, a grassroots group formed in 2017 to fight overheight development on Bloor Street.
Home to some of the lushest green space in the city, Etobicoke-Lakeshore urgently needs an elected representative who will work to preserve and enhance our parks, ravines and lakefront. A lifelong environmentalist, Pamela has championed revitalization of schoolyards in the Long Branch, Alderwood, Park Lawn, Islington and Eatonville neighbourhoods. A former member of the Toronto Region Conservation Authority, she is a proud winner of Cycle Toronto School Cycling Champion of the Year.
Pamela has worked tirelessly to advocate for strong community supports for children and families. Prior to serving as Trustee, her career included working at the Canadian Centre for Excellence in Child Welfare with some of Canada’s top social workers. As an enthusiastic advocate for school-based day care, she helped to found the Sunnylea Child Care Centre.
Pamela received her Masters of Forestry from the University of Toronto and her Masters of Teaching from OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education).
She and her husband Tom have proudly called Etobicoke-Lakeshore home for over 20 years, raising their daughters Laura and Heather here.