Born, raised and still a Scarborough resident, Alan Shackleton served as the managing editor of The Scarborough Mirror for more than 14 years before taking early retirement in 2016. During that time Scarborough faced many challenging issues. The Mirror’s priorities, under Alan’s leadership, were ensuring that the community’s needs were highlighted and residents’ voices were heard.
“Our focus was on telling the stories of Scarborough and its people – both the good and the bad news.”
Alan’s understanding and knowledge of Scarborough helped identify key issues and causes that The Mirror could take on, and the stories that were not being told anywhere else though they impacted hundreds of thousands of Scarborough residents.
“Scarborough is a huge part of the amalgamated City of Toronto, both geographically and in population, and we often were not treated that way by downtown councillors or mainstream media.”
Alan is especially proud of The Mirror’s championing of improved transit for Scarborough, pushing for proper and fair funding for its hospitals, protecting the Rouge Park, speaking up for those in need, and celebrating Scarborough’s diversity.
None of that could have happened without the dedicated people working at The Mirror.
“I’m proud to have been editor of the newspaper that serves the community that I both grew up in and am raising my own family in.”