MARKHAM—Dr. Helena Jaczek was nominated tonight by a crowd of supporters and community members to run for re-election as the Ontario Liberal candidate in the newly formed riding of Markham—Stouffville. Tonight’s event also marks Dr. Jaczek’s ten-year anniversary serving as a Member of Provincial Parliament.
“It is an absolute privilege for me to serve as the Member of Provincial Parliament for the residents of Oak Ridges—Markham. I want to thank the residents of this riding for their support and encouragement over the last ten years. I’m proud of what we have accomplished together and I’m truly honoured to be running again to represent you at Queen’s Park in the new riding. I look forward to the campaign ahead,” Dr. Jaczek said.
"As your MPP on Premier Kathleen Wynne’s team, I’ve worked hard to deliver reliable local health care, a high-quality education system and to ensure our community receives needed investments in transit. I am determined to continue to work together to build on the progress we’ve made so far," Dr. Jaczek added.
Dr. Jaczek was first elected as the Member of Provincial Parliament in October 2007, and was re-elected in October 2011 and June 2014. She currently serves in Premier Kathleen Wynne’s cabinet as the Minister of Community and Social Services. She is also the Vice-Chair of the Health, Education and Social Policy Cabinet Committee and a member of the Minister’s Table on Mental Wellness as well as Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion.
At age twelve, Dr. Jaczek immigrated to Canada from England. She went on to receive her medical degree and Master of Health Sciences from the University of Toronto. After many years in general practice on staff at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, Dr. Jaczek became the Chief Medical Officer of Health and Commissioner of Health Services for the Regional Municipality of York.
Dr. Jaczek’s community leadership has earned her awards from the University of Toronto’s Public Health Sciences Alumni Association, the Association of Local Public Health Agencies and from York Region. In 2016, Dr. Jaczek received the Ontario Psychological Association Service Award and the Ontario Medical Association Life Membership Award. This past April, Dr. Jaczek received the Helen Keller Award from the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons and the Canadian Helen Keller Centre for the contributions she has made to hearing and visually impaired individuals.
She first moved to York Region in 1980 where she now lives with her partner, Hershel, and is the mother of two adult children, Natasha and Nicholas.
Under the leadership of Premier Kathleen Wynne, the Ontario Liberal Party has a plan to deliver opportunity and fairness for everyone. While Ontario has a balanced budget and growing economy, not everyone is feeling that growth yet. That’s why we are working to deliver a fairer, better Ontario through free tuition for 210,000 students, free prescription drug coverage for children and youth, 100,000 affordable child-care space, and a $15-an-hour minimum wage.
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