Nominations open for the Pam McConnell Award for young women in leadership

Nominations are open and Toronto residents are encouraged to submit nominations for the City of Toronto Pam McConnell Award for young women in leadership.

“Deputy-mayor McConnell left us with a legacy of advocacy and commitment to building a city that is equitable, fair and inclusive,” said Mayor John Tory. “This award honours Pam’s memory by recognizing young women who strive to have a similar impact on their communities.”

The award is open to young women residing in Toronto, between the ages of 19 and 26, who have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills through a proven track record of volunteer and/or paid work in the community-based sector; shown a commitment to social justice work by creating or leading community-based programs or services for vulnerable youth or residents in Toronto; and inspired other young women through formal or informal mentorship.

Award applications are due by 11:45 p.m. on Feb. 8, and can be submitted online at

The runners-up will be acknowledged and two successful recipients will be presented with an award and a $500 prize at an International Women’s Day event on March 8.

The award was established in January 2018 in memory of the deputy mayor and to recognize young women’s exceptional leadership. McConnell was a city councillor from 1994 to 2017 and the former chair of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Standing Committee on Increasing Women’s Participation in Municipal Government. She was also the champion for the city’s Protégée Program, a mentorship matching young women with city councillors intending to increase women’s representation in electoral politics.

The Protégée Program is in its seventh year and has mentored approximately 50 young women between the ages of 19 and 26. This year, nine young women will take part.

More information on the award is available at

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