Shelley Carroll has been a resident of North York since she was 10 years old. Both she and her husband, Sandy, went to school here and raised two daughters and three young grandchildren. It was concern for her children during the difficult years of education reform in the late 1990s that drove Shelley to get involved in politics.
Shelley was first elected in 2000 to the Toronto District School Board where she served as Trustee for 3 years, including one year as Chair of the Board. In 2003, Shelley was elected City Councillor for Ward 33. During her time as Councillor, Shelley has served as Chair of the Budget Committee during the global financial crisis. As Budget Chief she delivered four balanced budgets and accumulated a $364 million surplus for the following term. Shelley was also Acting Mayor during the Sunrise Propane explosion in 2008, and her leadership in the evacuation efforts solidified her reputation as a strong leader in a crisis. More recently, Shelley served on the Toronto Police Services Board and the Toronto Transit Commission.
As Councillor for Ward 33, Shelley introduced the Basement Flooding Mitigation Program, negotiated over 500 affordable housing spaces, delivered renovations to community centres and implemented Toronto’s first-ever Participatory Budgeting process.