Four years ago, Bee Lee Soh thought politics was for politicians, not her. This changed in 2015 after a Scarborough drop-in shelter she attended faced a 20 per cent funding cut. As a poor isolated immigrant, the shelter was ‘family’ to her, so she spoke against the decision at City council. This jumpstarted Bee’s activist career and, she has not looked back since.
On her activist journey, Bee works tirelessly on many civic networks and campaigns, advancing decent work, transit, affordable housing and more, especially for Scarborough. A sought after advocate, she speaks at rallies, forums City Council, marches, and Bee mentors other residents to do likewise.
Bee has been recognized for her work. She’s an appointed member of Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy’s Lived Experience Advisory Group and Canada’s Advisory Committee on Poverty. Bee was also a 2016 Finalist for the Samara Canada Every Day Political Citizen Award.