WHITBY—Leisa Washington, a community leader and sport trailblazer, was nominated this evening as the 2018 Ontario Liberal Party candidate in Whitby. Washington is the first Canadian female WNBA and NBA agent, and she was named Woman of the Year in 2016 by the Whitby Chamber of Commerce.
“For the first twenty-two years of my life, I lived in Toronto Community Housing. Those years shaped me. I learned that you can’t just sit back and wait for good things to happen. You’ve got to go out and make them happen. You have to get involved, work hard, and stand up for what you believe in,” Washington said. “I was fortunate, like many others, to be given a fair shot at success and I am proof that programs and services meant to give people a fair shot at a good life, work. That’s why I’m a Liberal.
“Whether a $15 minimum wage or free tuition, whether affordable child care or improving transit—government has the responsibility, and Premier Kathleen Wynne has the plan, to ensure fairness and opportunity,” Washington said. “I am running to ensure Whitby can thrive, and so that everyone has a fair shot at success, like I did.”
Leisa Washington is the founder of Camda Sports Foundation, and previously served as manager at the Abilities Centre in Whitby, working to headquarter the Ontario Basketball Association’s head office in the facility. She also previously worked for Starlight Children’s Foundation and Norcast Casting. Washington was also one of 150 women profiled for HERStory in Black on CBC. She is a mother of two young adults.
Patrick Brown, Lorne Coe and the Conservatives would cut over $12 billion from essential services that people depend on like health care and education. Under the leadership of Premier Kathleen Wynne, the Ontario Liberal Party has a plan to deliver opportunity and fairness for everyone. While Ontario has a balanced budget and growing economy, not everyone is feeling that growth yet. That’s why we are working to deliver a fairer, better Ontario through free tuition for 210,000 students, free prescription drug coverage for children and youth, 100,000 affordable child-care spaces, and a $15-an-hour minimum wage.
"As a mentor, Leisa has engaged and challenged me as she does everyone else. She asks the hard questions and demands results.”
— Justin Taylor, Team Lead at the Abilities Centre and Whitby Football Club Coach
“Leisa is one of the most selfless people I’ve ever met. In all of my interactions with Leisa, she has never put her own needs first. She is always thinking about how she can help someone else get where they are going. One person can’t solve all problems but Whitby needs someone who cares enough to make them a top priority. That person is Leisa Washington.”
— Camille Dundas, co-founder and editor in chief of online magazine ByBlacks.com and co-founder of marketing firm 404 Media Group
“Add more women, change politics: I firmly believe in this and I am delighted to have Leisa Washington join the Ontario Liberal Team for 2018! Her wealth of experience in the sports industry will provide the competitive spirit we need. She is a phenomenal candidate for Whitby.”
— Hon. Michael Coteau, MPP for Don Valley East
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