As a resident of the Toronto-Danforth community for 20 years, Julie Dabrusin ran to be the Member of Parliament because she recognized the visible need in our community for proper federal investments in Toronto’s physical and social infrastructure, public transit, and targeted investments to propel greater economic growth.
Born and raised in Montreal, Julie is fully bilingual in English and French and holds degrees in Middle East Studies and Law. Julie spent thirteen years as a litigator and one year as a Commission Counsel to the Toronto External Contracts Inquiry, which investigated government procurement of goods and services.
Before pursuing her role as a Member of Parliament, Julie dedicated four years to being a mother and role model for her two daughters. Guided by her commitment to social justice and a desire to effect concrete change within her local community, Julie developed a reputation as a strong-willed community leader. During this time, Julie served on the Board of Directors of Park People and founded Friends of Withrow Park, an organization dedicated to encouraging the use of this public green space. When seven local pools where slated for closure as part of the City of Toronto’s 2012 budget debates, Julie successfully advocated on behalf of her community to overturn that decision. In addition, Julie established and chaired the Frankland Community Advisory Committee to improve the use of the City’s recreational facilities and resources. In 2013, Julie’s extensive volunteer efforts earned her the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for Community Service.
Since assuming her role as a federal representative of our community, Julie has served on the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying, which tabled its final report in February 2016. Julie currently is the Chair of Heritage Committee, where she advocates for those working within Canada’s creative and cultural industries and who comprise an integral part of the vibrant Toronto-Danforth community. Julie is a member of Public Safety Committee as well. A proponent of active transportation, Julie is also a founding member of the All-Party Bike Caucus and a proud advocate for active and public transportation funding.
After launching the Danforth Hunger Squad for Second Harvest, Julie witnessed first-hand the effects of income inequality and how it impedes Canadians’ access to nutritious food. In Ottawa, as Chair of the Liberal Food Policy Caucus and a participant in the All-Party Anti-Poverty Caucus, Julie is working alongside her colleagues to tackle food insecurity and food-related issues.
If you have not yet had an opportunity to meet Julie as your local representative, you are encouraged to reach out to her office and her staff will be happy to accommodate your schedule in making arrangements. Julie strives to continuously engage and consult with her community on a diverse range of federal issues by hosting pop-up community offices, town halls, phone calls, meetings and she always enjoys reading a responding to correspondence from her constituents to ensure that their interests are well-represented in Ottawa.
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