David believes that real, progressive change starts with connection and community.
That belief underscores everything that David does as a local advocate. From serving as Chair of The 519 Community Centre to working with Toronto’s People with AIDS Foundation, he’s someone who builds spaces for neighbours, friends and strangers to come together and find support. As a member of the LGBTQ community, he knows how important those spaces are.
For example, in 2015 David led a coalition of 14 community organizations to deliver the largest Pride House in the Pan & Parapan American Games’ history. With the 519, David guides programming that empowers so many different communities — from youth and seniors to newcomers and those who’ve lived in Toronto for decades.
David does this because he understands what some of Toronto’s biggest challenges are. As a long‐time public servant and resident of Toronto, he’s worked with the provincial government to improve access to health care, food security and affordable housing. He’s also a strong voice for diversity and inclusion, applying that lens to issues like fair employment, community safety and education.
David grew up in Fergus, Ontario before moving to Toronto. His father is a long‐time local municipal councillor in the Township of Central Wellington. David learned from an early age the responsibilities that come with public office and what it means to stay accountable to local communities. David currently lives in the Church‐Wellesley neighbourhood with his partner Andrew and their dog Hudson.