Community centres and accessible programming are essential for the health and vitality of a local neighbourhood. Working with my friend and mentor, Councillor Pam McConnell, I directed over $5 million in section 37 funding from the former Ward 27 to help design and build a new aquatic centre at the Wellesley Community Centre. Recreational activities are critical for Toronto's residents, especially youth and seniors. Building the new Aquatic Centre will mean that residents in St. James Town and the surrounding area will no longer have to travel all the way to Regent Park to access pool facilities.
The new facilities, including the long-awaited pool, come after extensive consultation from local residents, including youth, to ensure it meets the needs of the community.