Toronto Police Services Board Welcomes New Board Member, Elects Chair and Vice-Chair
Appointed by the Province of Ontario for a term of three years, Mr. Morgan is currently a Principal in the Toronto District School Board and serves on the Board of Directors for White Ribbon Canada, an organization that engages men and boys in the prevention of gender-based violence by promoting equity and transforming social norms.
Following a career as a professional football player in the Canadian Football League, Mr. Morgan completed his B.Ed. and M.Ed, and returned to Regent Park, where he had spent his childhood, to begin his career in education. His approach to teaching has been premised on facilitating equitable access to education, which prompted him to accept a secondment as the Academic Coordinator with the Pathways To Education Program - Regent Park, a charitable organization created to reduce poverty and increase access to post-secondary education among disadvantaged youth in Canada. In 2012, Mr. Morgan co-founded the 100 Strong Foundation — a mentoring and advocacy group for Black boys between the ages of 11 to 14. He currently sits as the Chair of Education for the Foundation’s Strong Academy, a summer program designed to build resilience, confidence, and life skills.
The Board looks forward to working with Mr. Morgan and the unique and critical insights he will bring as both a noted leader in education and a dedicated community-builder.
Also, as required by the Police Services Act, the Board elected its Chair at the first meeting of the year. Jim Hart was elected by the Board, and the Board also re-elected Marie Moliner as its Vice-Chair.
Mr. Hart has spent the majority of his career working for the City of Toronto in a variety of areas, including the City Manager’s Office, Municipal Licensing and Standards, and finally, as the General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation, retiring from that position in 2014. In June 2017, Mr. Hart was appointed to City of Toronto Council as the representative for Ward 44 – Scarborough East, to complete the term of the late Councillor Ron Moeser. While a Councillor, Mr. Hart served on the Toronto Police Services Board, including as its Vice-Chair. Following his time on Council, Mr. Hart was appointed by the City to the Board, and has been serving as its Interim Chair.
On his election, Chair Hart said “I am honoured to be elected Chair of the Toronto Police Services Board. I look forward to working alongside the other members of the Board, and with the Service, in support of the important and heroic work the members of the Toronto Police Service perform each and every day.”
The Toronto Police Services Board is the civilian body responsible for governing the Toronto Police Service. The Board is responsible for ensuring the provision of adequate and effective police services in the City of Toronto, setting priorities and objectives for the Toronto Police Service, approving the annual police budget and selecting the Chief of Police.