Celebration of Life event planned to pay tribute to Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell

July 12, 2017      

Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale), a long-time member of Toronto City Council, passed away on July 7 at the age of 71.

A Celebration of Life will take place at 1 p.m. on Friday, August 25 at Cathedral Church of St. James, 65 Church St. In the interim, Deputy Mayor McConnell's family encourages everyone to commemorate her in a way that is meaningful to them.

Also, at the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of the following organizations:

Collective of Black Artists ( Donations should be made by cheque and mailed to:

COBA Collective of Black Artists

Daniels Spectrum

585 Dundas St. E., suite 130

Toronto, ON M5A 2B7

Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services ( Online donations can be made at

Riverdale Housing Animation Programs ( Online donations can be made at

Flags at City Hall, Metro Hall and the Toronto civic centres will remain at half-mast until the end of the day on Sunday, July 16.  The book of condolence at City Hall will also be available until end of day Sunday. The online book of condolence will be available at until the service in August.

More details about the Celebration of Life and instructions for media will be provided closer to the date.

This news release is also available on the City's website:

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