I often write about people’s love for their homes, and sometimes about love of country. Today I’m writing about a young woman who is running a fierce election campaign to represent the part of Toronto that’s been her home for her entire life.
To do so, she has to defeat candidates who are older and more established.
My friend Isabel has a talent in bringing different kinds of people together.
I was at a lunch at her home a couple years ago when she asked: “Have you met Tiffany?”
I hadn’t, so off I went to say hello. And the more we talked, the more impressed I became.
At 36 years old, Tiffany Ford has a calm and confident presence often associated with a much older person. Already a successful trustee for schools in her area, she helped to increase both funding for her area’s schools and the power of the parents’ voices.
But Tiffany puts more emphasis on the needs and strengths of her community than on blowing her own horn.
“A lot of people are not listening to our community,” she says. “They are acting on presumptions, often negative stereotypes.”
Ward 7 — in the northwest part of the city — is striking in its diversity, from extreme wealth to extreme poverty, from the well-established to newcomers.
“It’s not all gun violence and bad schools,” Tiffany says. “That’s part of it, but there’s a lot more to our community. For example, we have a university here. We’re a diverse community.”
You can hear the pride, passion and protectiveness in her voice when she says “our community”. For her, this is home.
“It’s the only home I know,” she points out. “I was born here, raised here, and never left.”
And now, she is running to represent her home area — Ward 7 — on city council. Her rivals include powerful, well-known and well-funded candidates. But Tiffany believes she can do a better job representing her community than any of them.
“Living, growing up and working here — seeing the community from the inside — I am able to critically analyze issues through a lens that others can’t.
“I also have a deep passion, a deep love for my community. It makes me want to inspire the people around me to have a strong sense of belonging here, to help them bring about change.”
Tiffany wants more affordable housing and childcare in the area, but also puts a big emphasis on economic development and accessible transportation.
Since we first met, the more I’ve seen of Tiffany Ford, the more convinced I am that she’s destined to be a great leader. I’m not the only one.
Recently, Isabel Bassett and Velma Morgan hosted a reception for Tiffany. An impressive diversity of women and girls of various ages, ethnicities and professions, along with student volunteers, came out to support her.
When Tiffany addressed us, when she talked about why she is running to represent the community, you could have heard a pin drop. Hers is a refreshing combination: expert knowledge of her community, confidence in its future, and the certainty that she must — and will — be the one to represent it.
To say we were impressed and uplifted would be an understatement.
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19 thoughts on “Running at Home – Tiffany Ford”
Nice highlight of Tiffany and her passion to serve and make a difference. I hope she wins. It’s heartening to see younger people get involved, especially women and people who want to serve rather than gain power. I hope this will be the wave of future politics.
Exciting and fascinating to learn about Tiffany – her passion shines through!
Go, Tiffany, go! Not only does her passion shine through, so does her charisma. Best, best, best to her!
She seems like the sort of public figure I wish we had more of…on both sides of the border. I’d vote for her if I lived in Ward 7 !
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Sending best wishes to her and wished I could vote for her.
What a breath of fresh air to read about a dynamic young woman leader. All the very best to Tiffany!
I wish her well
Best of luck to Tiffany. I plan to vote for the American versions of Tiffany in our elections soon! We need the fresh outlook and insights!
Hooray for young women ( and young men) stepping into politics. I hope Tiffany does well.
Tiffany sounds like a very impressive young woman.
It is always good to have new people with new ideas running for office. I hope she has a successful campaign.
Tiffany has definitely got what it takes to make a difference. I wish her all the best in her campaign.
Thank you, Clare, for that wish. She’s fighting hard.
Good for Tiffany! It’s time we bring in leaders who actually care about our city, country and planet. It seems to be working in the States where the democrats are revved and coming out with some great contenders for their senate without taking tainted campaign money, a much needed and refreshing turn from capitalism to actual caring. 🙂
Tiffany sounds really cool.
Good luck to Tiffany!
at reading you, Cynthia and at seeing the photos of Tiffany we realize that she is endowed with a great charisma.. She is attractive.Good luck to her.
I wish Tiffany every success. We desperately need someone like her down here in the U.S. right about now. Her talent and dedication to her community, especially to diversity, is much needed. I hope she will be a beacon, inspiring others like her in all countries to pursue leadership roles.
Amazing!! No matter the outcome Tiffany is a success already.