We’re tops in MacPhail awards

In this 20th annual presentation of the Agnes Macphail Award in East York, the Leaside area continues to be the leading winner, this year with Alan Redway, former East York mayor, federal cabinet minister and owner of a long list of local community activities.

He is the 12th Leasider to get the award for being an outstanding volunteer, advocate and contributor to community life. There have also been three from Thorncliffe (and one couple that doesn’t live here but attends Leaside United Church!).

The award ceremony was held on  Macphail’s birthday, Sunday, March 24.

Redway became mayor of East York in 1976, an MP in 1984 and was named to the cabinet as housing minister in 1989.

He has been the chair of Daily Bread Food Bank, co-chair of Putting Housing Back on the Public Agenda, a director of the Flemingdon Community Legal Services and lately a member of the Toronto Special Housing Working Group, and a member of many other community groups.

And by the way, he writes a great column for Leaside Life.