• Lily Cheng


Updated: Jun 16

Community Organizer, Willowdale Mom and No Executive Ready to Tackle City Hall

(Toronto, ON) June 13, 2022 – Nonprofit Executive and long-time community organizer Lily Cheng is entering the race to lead Willowdale’s Ward 18 at city council. Today, Lily filed her nomination form to run in the October 2022 Toronto Municipal Election.

A candidate in 2018 who earned the endorsement of the Toronto Star and placed second to the incumbent among 18 candidates, Lily has tirelessly worked for Willowdale for many years including spearheading the Willowdale Covid Response Network to support the community through the pandemic.

“The past few years under COVID have been difficult for Willowdale with an increase in anxiety, isolation and divisiveness in the community,” said Lily Cheng, Ward 19 Councillor Nominee. “I’m looking forward to running for city councillor, listening to the needs and priorities of my neighbours while casting a vision of a more connected and unified community. I look forward to bringing fresh vision paired with strong advocacy for the diverse community in Ward 18 at City Hall.”

Lily is the Executive Director of NeighbourLink North York, a longtime charity focused on helping people in Willowdale that Lily revitalized and built into a thriving community development organization. Under Lily’s leadership, NeighbourLink North York has grown considerably, launching a food bank that helps more than 100 families every month, started youth development programs, and established major community-wide events, the Willowdale Christmas Market and Willowdale Winterfest.

A Willowdale resident for over a dozen years, Lily is a passionate, visionary leader in the community. Four years ago, Lily co-founded We Love Willowdale (WLW), a movement created after the tragic van attack to help the community grieve and heal. Her journey as a community organizer began with the founding of North York Moms, 9 years ago, a thriving community on Facebook of over 10K moms.

Lily has a track record of identifying problems in Willowdale and taking action. Her advocacy led to the establishment of a much needed walkable Yonge and Sheppard EarlyOn Centre Child and Family Centre. She has also established programs and support for challenges often overlooked by the government including seniors accessing grocery shopping support during the pandemic, food insecurity experienced by families, and lack of programs for youth living in under-resourced parts of Willowdale.

Her greatest strength is inspiring connectivity and participation in Willowdale towards the greater good and building the infrastructure necessary to make things happen. She looks forward to the opportunity to applying these skills to serving the community as city councillor.

For more information on Lily Cheng, or to get involved in her campaign, visit www.LilyCheng.ca.

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