President's Message

Junior League of Toronto

President’s Message for Website

2016-2017 Year



It is my honour to service as President of the Junior League of Toronto for a second year and I am excited about the 2016-2017 year.  As we usher out the close of our 90th anniversary year, we have so much planned as we continue to further our mission of developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.


We started the year on June 6th with another wonderful event in our Knowledge Transfer Series.  Overcoming the Stigma: Understanding how we can help youth dealing with mental illness was focused on youth mental health.  This event educated members and guests alike on such an important topic, particularly as we embark on new community programming around mental health, focused on youth and the impact area of self-esteem.  We are excited to be partnering with Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) on our new community program “cultural connections.”


That is just the beginning.  As September arrives, members will be busy working on our community programing and new partnership, planning all of our events and training for the year.  Over this year, we will host our 12th annual Tea to Help Teens, hold yet another Knowledge Transfer, celebrate International Women’s Day, provide multiple leadership training opportunities to our members, attend General Membership Meetings, and see the return of our popular fundraiser “For the Love of Cooking.” 


This year, the Board of Directors will continue to focus on member and community engagement, with our two Directors-at-Large taking a more active role in the strategic path in these areas.  With our revamped Management Team, we will continue to transition to our new streamlined organization structure rolled out last year and make sure that we continue to give voice and choice to our members.  It is the commitment and hard work of all of our members that keeps the JLT relevant after 90 years.  Our members are the main driver of our success and the League is the catalyst which provides countless opportunities to pay it forward and truly make a difference in our community. 


On behalf of the Board of Directors, I look forward to all that we can accomplish together.  It is the continued efforts of our members driving the Junior League of Toronto to make a difference in our community!


Stephanie Knox


President 2016-2017


Junior League of Toronto