STEPHANIE DONALDSON ’99 – 2021 ALUMNI AWARD OF DISTINCTION
Stephanie Donaldson (’99) is a civic leader in the City of Toronto and an innovator in the public sector.
As an elected school board trustee with the Toronto District School Board, a Vice President of the Ontario Public School Boards Association, and an appointed member of the Toronto Board of Health, Stephanie works at both the local and provincial levels to safeguard and enhance the health and well-being of young people, their families, and their communities.
Stephanie has spent her career in the public sector leading large scale change and developing innovative policy. Currently, Stephanie serves as the Director, Consumer and Industry Relations at Ontario’s newest regulator of the home construction industry and was a member of the founding start up team. Other recent roles include launching the Ontario Digital Service and transforming the collective bargaining system in Ontario’s public education sector.
Community building is at the core of all of Stephanie’s work and whether it is organizing families to take action for a stronger and more equitable education system, re-imagining local public spaces, or working towards a more liveable and just city – Stephanie leads with heart and a strong voice in the community. Stephanie has also served on the board of Sistering, a multi-service agency for at-risk, socially isolated women in Toronto who are homeless or precariously housed.
Stephanie is a graduate of the Rotman Public Service Leadership Institute, received her Master’s degree from the National University of Ireland and became a ‘Leader with Heart’ as an undergraduate at Huron University College.
Stephanie is a dedicated mentor to emerging leaders and young professionals and is passionate about helping young people gain equitable access to every opportunity available. As a mom of two young girls, her most important job everyday is to inspire them to be the change that they want to see in the world.