Whoever said “You can’t go home again” never met Sandra Levy.
Sandra, who grew up in Scarborough’s L’Amoreaux neighbourhood, has had a multifaceted career that has taken her to places from Seoul to Barcelona as an Olympic competitor. Although she now lives and works elsewhere in the GTA, she has never forgotten the unique place that gave her her start—Scarborough.
As a student at L’Amoreaux Collegiate Institute, Sandra excelled at soccer, track, and field hockey. The athletic skills she developed propelled her into an 11-year stint playing field hockey for Canada, which yielded bronze and silver medals at the Pan American Games and spots on Canada’s 1988 and 1992 women’s Olympic field hockey teams. Along the way she taught school and found the time to earn two degrees, including a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1995. She also spent six years as a member of the organizing committee for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am & Parapan American Games, which brought 10,000 athletes to Scarborough and produced lasting economic and other benefits for the people of Scarborough and the GTA. On the business side, Sandra has built a career as a human resources executive for organizations such as Magna International and the CNIB and now serves as Vice-President of People and Corporate Affairs at First Capital Realty, a leading owner, developer, and manager of urban retail properties across Canada.
Sandra’s latest opportunity to advocate for Scarborough arrived a few months ago when she became the newest board member of the Scarborough and Rouge Hospital Foundation, which raises funds for essential building projects and medical equipment. Sandra is enthusiastically looking forward to working on the Bridletowne Community Hub project, a collaboration of the hospital, the YMCA, and social service agencies that will, among other things, provide a desperately needed expansion of diabetes management and kidney dialysis services in a community challenged by high rates of both diseases.
“Scarborough has served as the starting point for so many Canadians. Like other communities, it deserves high-quality and accessible healthcare.” — Sandra Levy
Sandra also notes that the site on which the hub will be built is just a short walk from where she grew up. As this latest episode in Sandra’s lifelong history as a representative of and spokesperson for Scarborough shows, you truly can go home again.