TORONTO— Li Koo, a community activist and educator, was nominated today as the Ontario Liberal Party candidate for Toronto–Danforth.
Li’s experience spans the non-profit, education, private and cultural sectors. As a first-generation Chinese-Canadian with family in India, she cares deeply about building strong communities in which everyone has the tools they need to thrive.
“As a woman, a mother and a person of colour, I know we need representation that reflects the diversity of our community,” said Koo, who lives in the riding with her spouse, Mary, a teacher, and their young daughter. “Real change happens when people with different lived experiences are at the table. It’s time for kids to grow up seeing themselves represented at all levels of government.”
“I am excited to join Premier Kathleen Wynne’s team to fight for fairness by raising the minimum wage, bringing in free tuition, and making prescription drugs free for children and youth,” Koo added.
Li is a dedicated city-builder and advocate for vulnerable communities. She is an active member of the Refugee Committee at the Metropolitan United Church, the 519, and the International Resource Centre for Performing Arts. She has also served in senior communications roles with Legal Aid Ontario, Ontario’s Attorney General, and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and of Aboriginal Affairs.
Throughout her career, Li has been an advocate for education. She has worked to advance educational opportunities with the Smithsonian Institution, World Literacy Canada and through teaching at George Brown College.
Li has built non-profit organizations from the ground up. She is the founder of 918 Bathurst, a community arts and culture centre that supports new and experimental arts. She has also served on professional and community boards, including the Ontario Energy Board and the Women’s Hockey Club of Toronto.
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.
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