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BIOGRAPHY

MARILYN IAFRATE – Candidate for Ward 1, Vaughan

I am seeking another term as local Councillor for Ward 1 representing the wonderful residents of Maple and Kleinburg.

I have been a proven voice for the residents throughout my last three terms of Council. I am proud of the fact that I have delivered on all my previous election promises.

Prior to politics, I spent two decades volunteering in education as the chair of various school councils, Maple Family of Catholic School Councils, and a member of the Minister of Education’s Parent Involvement Committee.

I have also served as a voice for environmental advocacy in matters important to our community. I have tackled landfills and waste management while serving as president of Vaughan CARES.  As a City Councillor, I have been outspoken when it comes to the protection of environmentally sensitive lands in Vaughan. In particular, my opposition to the proposed Highway 413 has been public, vocal and been the subject of a number of front page stories in the Toronto Star. My voting record demonstrates my commitment.

I am very focused on creating a safe and liveable city for our residents.

I was able to prioritize the need for a community centre in Kleinburg.  I initiated a pilot project with the “Slow Down” lawn signs for driver awareness in our local communities.

While working on the Vaughan Hospital Precinct Task Force as vice-chair, I supported a new Long Term Care facility on the hospital lands.  Just as important, I have worked on a partnership with York University to build a new health sciences and research facility on the hospital site including nursing, rehabilitation sciences and future medical school. These initiatives will ensure that our community becomes an international hub for research and development and provide good paying jobs to our residents.

Other important milestones during my latest term include:

  • The construction of the centre-turn lane on Major Mackenzie between Keele and Avro/McNaughton has begun to prepare the road for next year’s widening
  • North Maple Regional Park is undergoing Phase 2 to prepare the site for future additional facilities including new trails, boardwalks and a “Family Centre” for picnics and a children’s play area
  • As a member of the Vaughan Library Board, I have approved and delivered on a number of new libraries including the now open VMC Library and Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital Library (my initiative). The future Carrville library has now broken ground and the renovations of the Maple Community Centre has brought new standards to library facilities
  • Restoration of the skating trail at the Sports Village

I am a proven candidate who brings honesty, integrity, passion, and commitment to Vaughan City Hall.