Shelley Carroll has been a resident of North York since she was 10 years old. Both she and her husband of 37 years, Sandy, went to school here and raised two daughters and three young grandchildren. It was concern for her children during the difficult years of education reform in the late 1990s that drove Shelley to get involved in politics.
Shelley was first elected in 2000 to the Toronto District School Board where she served as Trustee for 3 years, including one year as Chair of the Board. In 2003, Shelley was elected City Councillor for Ward 33. During her 15 years as Councillor, Shelley put her financial background to use as Chair of the Budget Committee during the global financial crisis. As Budget Chief she delivered four balanced budgets and accumulated a $364 million surplus for the following term. Shelley was also Acting Mayor during the Sunrise Propane explosion in 2008, and her leadership in the evacuation efforts solidified her reputation as a strong leader in a crisis. More recently, Shelley served on the Toronto Police Services Board and the Toronto Transit Commission.
As Councillor for Ward 33, Shelley introduced the Basement Flooding Mitigation Program, negotiated over 500 affordable housing spaces, delivered renovations to community centres and implemented Toronto’s first-ever Participatory Budgeting process. However, residents of Don Valley North face ongoing issues with affordability, community safety and rapid development. This means the next Councillor of the much larger Ward 17 will have to work tirelessly to advocate for residents while maintaining fiscal responsibility in a new, smaller Council - which is exactly what Shelley has been doing for the past 15 years.
Shelley Carroll has a proven track record and years of experience representing Don Valley North. Her unparalleled experience positions her well above her competition to succeed in being a strong, guiding voice for residents during the complex re-organization of City Council. Growing communities like Don Valley North need representatives who know how to advocate for progress while keeping the best interests of residents in mind, and Shelley hopes to continue to do just that.
- Ward 33 Councillor 2003 to 2018
- TDSB School Trustee 2000 to 2003
- Chair of the Toronto Budget Committee
- Chair of the Toronto District School Board
- Chair of the Toronto Police Service Board Budget Committee
- Chair of the Toronto Public Works & Infrastructure Committee
- Commissioner, Toronto Transit Commission
- Board Member, Toronto Arts Council
- Committee Member, Tenant Defense Fund
What Shelley's Delivered:
- Toronto’s first-ever Participatory Budgeting Process
- Toronto’s Basement Flooding Mitigation program
- Brand new Parkway Forest Community Recreation Centre
- Renovations to the Oriole Community Centre and the Fairview Library
- Food bank and nutrition services to hundreds of residents
- Negotiated 2 much needed full-sized grocery stores for our ward
- Introduced 4 City budgets, balanced at first draft, during the global financial crisis
- Added 500+ affordable housing spaces in apartments, condos and townhouses