Jim Tovey – Councillor for Positive Change in Ward 1
Is it possible to change the world? Jim Tovey believes it is. Mississauga’s 2009 Citizen of the Year felt the residents of Ward 1 had suffered enough, so he lobbied all levels of government to ensure the coal-fired Lakeview Generating station would come down for good. Then a new battle that continues to this day – to ensure the industrial site in the backyard of Ward 1 residents would not be converted to burn natural gas.
Instead, Jim knew community life would be enhanced for everyone - if Mississauga’s eastern waterfront could be used by its citizens, not industry. It has become known as the Legacy Project and if started, could be another example of Mississauga’s world-class leadership in urban planning innovation. It is just one of many ideas Jim would like to talk about as he asks for your support by electing him to Councillor for Ward 1.
Having chaired six committees for the city of Mississauga and the Province of Ontario, in addition to serving as former President for his local neighborhood resident’s association, Jim has always approached issues with wisdom, integrity and common sense. The power of working together to overcome challenges has always been a source of inspiration – and is always encouraged by Jim Tovey.
Jim’s ‘belief in possibilities’ developed at an early age, when as a young boy, he was among the residents of Malton to watch the unveiling of Canada’s Avro Arrow at its first public showing. Summers on his Uncle Everett’s farm gave him an unwavering respect for our land. Listening to the very few war stories his father would share after returning from World War II, instilled a profound sense of the value of providing a means for people to live in harmony.
Perhaps Jim’s greatest challenge has been to overcome a life-long disability that resulted from a swimming accident when he was nine years old. Although he survived, the accident resulted in permanent nerve damage that did not stop his careers as a songwriter, performer, designer and builder.
For more than two decades, Jim has lived in Ward 1 with his wife Lee. There, they designed and built their heritage home from the ground up – just as he would like to continue building a better community for neighborhood residents. After all, it is also the home his grandson now visits.
Jim knows there is vast amount of work to do if new dreams and ideas are to lead to a better future - not just for Ward 1 residents, but also for everyone in the City of Mississauga. For all that has been accomplished as a private citizen, Jim also knows – for effective change to happen, he will accomplish much more when his voice can be heard at the table of City Council. This is why it is important to discover Jim’s vision and to realize what is truly possible.
Jim Tovey – Councillor for Ward One – a vote for positive change – a vote for unwavering commitment, passion and dedication - a vote to always do the right thing. Together, with Jim’s leadership, an even better community can be created for all of us today – and for future generations.
Committees Councillor Tovey has been apart of Past & Present
Advertising Review Panel
Community Foundation of Mississauga
Cooksville Creek Flooding Task Force Council
Credit Valley Conservation
Environment Advisory Committee
Executive Toronto & Region Conservation Authority
Greenland’s Securement Subcommittee
Heritage Advisory Committee
Intergovernmental Relations Advisory Committee
Inter-Municipal Planning Subcommittee
Lakeview Legacy Community Foundation
Lakeview Advisory Panel
Mayor McCallion Task Force on Waterfront Sustainability
Metrolinx Community Advisory Panel
Museums of Mississauga Advisory Committee
Planning & Development Committee
Peel Housing Corporation
Port Credit Advisory Panel
Port Credit BIA
Region of Peel Council
Region of Peel Budget
Toronto & Region Conservation Authority
Waste Management Committee