Gary Crawford is currently serving his third term as a Toronto City Councillor for Ward 20. He has been appointed by Council as Budget Chair, and as a member of the Mayor’s Executive Committee for a second term.
Being a professional artist and musician himself, Gary is a passionate advocate for arts and culture and was instrumental in increasing funding for the arts. He led a process to amalgamate the three Civic Theatres to create a world class, seven stage, multi-arts centre that provides a full range of TO Live performing arts, theatrical and concert events.
Previous to City Council, Gary served seven years as a Trustee for the Toronto District School Board, supporting students and their families in Scarborough Southwest. His experience included appointments as Co-chair of the Board, Chair of Facilities Management and Chair of Negotiations.
Gary actively supports local business and he is committed to promoting “shop local” campaigns to help support the local economy. His work with local business’ and the Director of Economic Development helped to secure funding for an emerging BIA program available to the Cliffside Community in Ward 20.
Gary is passionate about his Ward 20 Community and the City of Toronto. With his leadership, Scarborough Southwest has a visible and important presence at City Hall.
Committees and Boards:
- Budget Committee, Chair
- Civic Appointments Committee
- Collective Bargaining Subcommittee
- Debenture Committee
- Executive Committee
- Exhibition Place Board of Governors
- Scarborough Community Council
- Special Committee on Governance
- Striking Committee
- TO Live Board of Directors, Vice Chair and the Mayor’s designate
- Toronto Arts Council