Meet Kristyn - City Councillor, Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale
Kristyn Wong-Tam isn’t your typical politician. With a background in activism and entrepreneurship, she brings a unique lens to her role as City Councillor. Working in what is arguably Toronto’s most polarized political environment, Kristyn has fought tirelessly and patiently to keep the door open for her ward and her communities.
Kristyn has a wealth of experience in both the private and public sectors. She has a distinguished track record of human rights advocacy and was a co-founder of Asian Canadians For Equal Marriage, and the past president of the Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter that successfully lobbied the federal government for the head tax apology and redress.
Prior to being elected to City Council in 2010, Kristyn was an accomplished real estate professional and supporter of the arts. She has curated art installations for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, was the principal of a Toronto-based contemporary fine art gallery, and was a founding member of the Church-Wellesley Village Business Improvement Association.
When we first heard Kristyn speak, she shared advice given to her by her father: "There’s never just one way of achieving a goal – things are not black and white. Work with a diverse array of people, be patient, and find the third way."
Chills ran up our spine. The third way, that creative path that bridges worlds – not only did it capture the essence of our game-changers, it also captured why (and how!) we were building The INSIGHT Project.
For that, and for sharing her story and lessons so openly, honestly, and vulnerably, we have much to thank Kristyn for. And she has much to thank YOU for in supporting The INSIGHT Project. Check it out: