We are pleased to share that Linda Jeffrey has been appointed as the new Executive Director for the Guelph Wellington Seniors Association.
She began her role with GWSA on January 4, 2022. Linda Jeffrey is an individual who has an established 27-year track record in public service, both at the municipal and provincial levels. She served as a City Councillor in Brampton for 12 years and later she was elected to the Ontario Legislative Assembly for eleven years.
While at the province Linda served as Ontario’s Minister Responsible for Seniors, Minister of Natural Resources, Minister of Labour, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, as well as Chair of Cabinet for the Province of Ontario. She returned to her municipal roots in 2014 and served as Mayor of Brampton until 2018, also serving as Chairperson for the Large Urban Mayors Caucus of Ontario, and as a member of the Peel Police Services Board.
Linda joined Jake’s House to help launch their Community Living Initiative in 2019 as their Director of Housing. During the pandemic she has been working with a variety of stakeholders to develop creative and innovative solutions to explore how to grow supportive, long-term inclusive living solutions for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
In July 2021 Linda was appointed for two years as a new member of the National Seniors Council for the Government of Canada. This Council advises the Government through the Ministers of Seniors and the Minister of Health on matters related to the well-being, health and quality of life of seniors, including opportunities and challenges arising from a rapidly growing and increasingly diverse aging population.
In 2012, Linda Jeffrey was honoured as a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for public service. She recently relocated to this area and developed interest in providing leadership to the GWSA.
We look forward to working with Linda Jeffrey as an important part of our organization. Please join us in welcoming her to the GWSA!