Register for the Frances Lankin Community Tribute Event

Join us as we acknowledge Frances’ extraordinary contribution to the community sector as 

President and CEO of United Way Toronto.

When: Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street (map)

  • $40 per person. Cash bar.
  • Advance registration is required as space is limited.


Ways to register:

  • Submit the online form (below), you will automatically be redirected to PayPal to complete payment.
  • Mail or fax the completed registration formincluding credit card information, to Social Planning Toronto.
  • Mail the completed registration formincluding a cheque, to Social Planning Toronto.
  • Call (416) 351-0095 x 251 to register and/or make payment over the telephone.

Please note:

  • Tickets will not be issued for this event. Please present your payment receipt at the door.
  • This event is wheelchair accessible.

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About Frances Lankin:

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The Hon. Frances Lankin, PC, LLD (HC) was the President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way Toronto from 2001 to 2010. She will remain with United Way until 2011 to assist with the transition of our new CEO.

During her tenure, Frances guided the organization through its strategic transformation to a leading community builder in the city. Under her leadership United Way engaged in a number of strategic initiatives that aimed to improve the lives of individuals, families and communities in Toronto:

  • a five-year Neighbourhood Strategy, which is currently developing social infrastructure and engaging residents in priority neighbourhoods identified by the City of Toronto and United Way
  • partnerships with Government, Business and Labour have focused attention and resources on United Way Toronto's key priority areas: neighbourhoods, youth and newcomers
  • primary social research such as Losing Ground, Decade of Decline, Poverty by Postal Code, as well as participation in the Strong Neighbourhoods Task Force Report, has focused attention and resources on poverty in the City of Toronto and its underserved inner suburbs
  • building and strengthening the city's critical social infrastructure of community supports through funding United Way's network of health and social service agencies, and by developing agency capacity and local leadership skills
  • mobilizing the community's volunteer and financial resources. In 2009, through tough economic times, United Way reached its largest achievement of $109 million.

Frances has spent a lifetime in service to the community and is a recognized leader in the non-profit sector. In 2006, she chaired a federal government commissioned Blue Ribbon Panel, which made recommendations for improving how Ottawa distributes grants and contributions to charities and other organizations. She has served on the Boards of several not-for-profit and charitable organizations including Equal Voice, The Canadian Club, The Canadian Foundation for Economic Education (CFEE), Altruvest Charitable Services and the Board of Governors of Seneca College. In 2002 and 2003, she co-chaired the Toronto City Summit. She serves on the Toronto City Summit Alliance Steering Committee, the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy Advisory Committee, the External Advisory Board of the City Institute at York University, and is an honorary board member of the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance.

Frances has been widely recognized for her community work. In 2003, Frances was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal. In 2004, she was presented with United Way of Canada’s Award of Excellence for her community building work in Toronto. In 2007, she was named the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) CEO of the Year for Excellence in Public Relations and received the Toronto Star Laurel Award for Losing Ground, United Way’s report on family poverty in Toronto. In 2008, she was named one of More Magazine’s Top 40 over 40 in the Fighting-for-equality category. That same year, she received the Equal Voice EVE Award for her achievements in political life and her efforts to advance the cause of electing more women in Canada as well as the Consumers’ Choice Woman of the Year Award. Most recently, Frances was honoured with the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Toronto’s Community Builder Award and received a honourary Doctorate of Laws from Queen’s University, recognizing her contribution as a strong advocate for social justice and human rights.

Frances served as an MPP for 11 years until she joined United Way in 2001. In 1990, Frances was elected MPP for the Toronto riding of Beaches-East York and served in the Rae government as Minister of Government Services and Chair of the Management Board. She was Minister of Health from 1991 to 1993 and was appointed Minister of Economic Development and Trade, a position she held until 1995.

In 2009, Frances was sworn in to the Queen’s Privy Council of Canada and appointed by the Prime Minister as a member of the Security Intelligence Review Committee, which provides an external review of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.


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