Beth Levy is a civic and community leader with deep roots in Eglinton-Lawrence. The daughter of a transit planner and a school teacher and children’s author, Beth is an independent advocate for her neighbours who has always felt the call to serve her community.
Beth was born in Toronto and lived on Brooke Avenue and Elm Ridge Drive and was part of the bustling community behind Bathurst and Eglinton. She attended West Prep, Forest Hill Junior and Forest Hill Collegiate. When it came time for university, Beth’s love of great cities drew her to study Urban Planning at McGill and Heritage Architecture Preservation at Columbia. Then she worked as an urban planner at Malone Given Parsons around the time she met her husband Roger.
When Beth and Roger married and their children Alexander and Hannah were born, they returned to Eglinton-Lawrence and settled in the Allenby neighbourhood. Choosing to put family first, Beth chose to stay home to raise her kids.
Not long after Alexander and Hannah started primary school, Beth felt the pull to serve again and became the Chair of the Allenby Parents Association. There she made numerous interventions and deputations to the Toronto District School Board to wrestle much needed services from the tight-fisted bureaucracy and protected public education resources that were being stripped away by a hostile provincial government. And Beth volunteered for other causes including Meals on Wheels for seniors, Jessie’s Centre for Teens, Out of the Cold and Sick Kids Hospital. For more than 20 years Beth has worked to make our streets safer, our neighbours healthier, our kids more self-assured and our seniors more comfortable. But there is still more to do.
Beth has travelled all over the world to uncover the formula for vibrant and prosperous cities. In her travels, Beth witnessed solutions for transit, safe cycling, density without towers, smart streetscapes and novel heritage preservation. With the political will, Toronto could adopt them. Beth believes city government is most important to our well being and we need a fighter like her who can deliver the answers needed. That’s why she’s running.
Beth remains the strongest champion to keep Eglinton-Lawrence a great place to live work and raise a family. More recently she managed case work for the local MP helping the most vulnerable reach their full potential and served on the North York Committee of Adjustment where she fought to keep developments within the character of the community she loves.
This is why people from all walks of life are supporting her and have encouraged her to run. From small business owners, to neighbours, to respected political leaders such as David Crombie and Zanana Akande, people back Beth because she’s their neighbour and their champion.
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