When you ask a community catalyst what makes Scarborough special, the reaction is quick. “Scarborough is absolutely wonderful,” says Marg Middleton. A 33-year resident and long-time General Manager of Metroland Media, Middleleton is enjoying a second career as a community growth consultant to the Scarborough business community.
“Scarborough is a wonderful place to raise kids. We have more green space than anywhere else in the GTA. We have committed industry that have stayed despite opportunities elsewhere. The provincial government is investing in hospitals and transit. If Scarborough was a city, it would be the most diverse in the country. We have all kinds of great community events and festivals that are put together by people in the community.”
Bringing people together for business and networking is core to what Middleton does, and her connections extend through Scarborough and the GTA. She has served as President of both the Scarborough and North York Chambers of Commerce. She was instrumental in starting the Business Excellence Awards for the Toronto Region Board of Trade and served as Chair for three years. While at Metroland, Marg co-founded the IEP Show for internationally educated professionals and also the Caregivers Show, both of which still thrive today. Past President of the Scarborough Business Association, she is also a Scarborough Walk of Fame board member. Marg’s energies extend beyond business. She is deeply involved with the Scarborough Hospital and Scarborough Women of Philanthropy, a group which supports the hospital.
“I’m delighted when I go to any community gathering or meetings that so many different ethnicities participate and are represented. We have a lot of people who are passionate about Scarborough.”
Marg does have one pet peeve, though.
“I wish I could get people to understand that we’re Scarborites. The nickname Scarberia is so wrong. What I see is that we’re on the cusp. People in Scarborough are finally getting the attention they deserve. And I’m looking forward to the next ten years to see what the future brings.”
Spoken like a true Scarborite.