Susan Gapka is your consensus candidate for Toronto District School Board Trustee (Toronto Centre / University Rosedale).

  • Experience

  • Results

  • Everyone Included


Your Consensus Candidate

Susan Gapka is known as a tireless and effective campaigner for social justice and highlights her record addressing issues of affordable housing, post secondary education, mental health, community safety, and LGBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans) issues since emerging as a community leader on Church Street almost 20 years ago.

I am running to be your School Board Trustee because:

  1. I want to Protect our students, our parents, and our teachers;
  2. I want to Defend our Public Schools; and
  3. I want to Fight against Provincial Cuts.

I am running now because we all are threatened!

  • I will use my experience to build consensus to achieve results;
  • I will demonstrate results by saving crumbling schools and restoring cuts to curriculum;
  • I will Include Everyone by fighting divisiveness.

Can I count on your support on election day?

About Susan

Susan Gapka has served as member of the Toronto Local Advisory Committee and Toronto representative on the National Consumer Panel of the At Home/Chez Soi Research Demonstration Project of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. As a member of Save Our Structures, a Toronto Community Housing tenant led group, Gapka campaigned successfully in seeking budget announcements from all levels of government for capital repair funding for social housing in Toronto. Susan also led a lengthy campaign to persuade the Minister of Health to fund Sex Reassignment Surgery for trans people in Ontario and is currently attempting to include specific human rights protections for trans people in Ontario and across Canada.

Susan Gapka received the 1999 Courage to Come Back Award from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and the City’s of Toronto’s 2004 Pride Award in recognition for her work empowering our communities. At York University, McLaughlin College has awarded Susan the Ellen Baar Award for Public Policy twice, and the Ross McMillan Award for student leadership three times. In addition, Ms. Gapka received the 2005 Deborah Hobson Award for Student Leadership from the Vice President Students’ Office.

Susan Gapka has been featured in two documentaries; ‘Skin Deep’ by Inner City Films screened on Life Channel, and ‘Becoming Susan’ screened at 2008 Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival and 2009 Inside/Out LGBT Film and Video Festival.

Susan Gapka graduated with Honours from the Community Worker Programme at George Brown College in June 2000. Susan then studied Public Policy and Administration at York University and graduated June 2009 with a degree in Political Science.


Ryan Lester votes Gapka!

From Facebook: Today I proudly voted Susan Gapka for Toronto DSB Trustee in Ward 11/13 #TorCen & #UniRose. A tireless advocate for trans and gender non-conforming identities, it’s time for Susan to take her seat at the table #TOvotes18 #TOpoli