Tracy MacCharles. Former Ontario MPP and Cabinet Minister
I have known Gary Strange since our high school days. When I was first elected MPP for Pickering - Scarborough East it was very evident that Gary was active in our community and cared about the people in our community.
Gary has volunteered his time and expertise to many initiatives including as an active member and President with the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade. He has been a tireless community leader with groups such as Rotary and with the Durham West Arts Centre team to help make the Durham Performing and Visual Arts Center a reality. Gary is always ready to give of his time to Pickering organizations that help make our community stronger.
Gary has also been a consistent advocate for Pickering's fair share of infrastructure and transit Investments. He has a good working relationship with local businesses, elected officials at all levels of government and community groups. Gary believes in strong public service and will be strong representative for Ward 2 and Pickering!
The definition of a volunteer who steps up, time and time again, to make his community, and country, a better place. In addition to all he does for Durham and, specifically, the City of Pickering, he is a tireless advocate for increasing support available for our ill and injured Veterans, First Responders and their families — our nations finest citizens. If ever a time, we could use a lot more people in politics like Gary Strange.
Peter Vanderyagt, Past Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Discussion Group
Gary was an integral part of our transportation and infrastructure group. This
committee initiated by the Hon. Tracy MacCharles MPP, consisted of representatives
from municipal and provincial government, business leaders, members of Metrolinx,
TTC and Durham Transit.
Raising his family in Pickering, operating a successful insurance business, and
serving as the president of the Ajax Pickering Board of Trade, all provided Gary with
significant insight into the needs of the Durham Region. He was very articulate in
outlining some of the challenges of moving people, goods and services throughout
the region. He was also one of those members who always had suggestions to offer
when discussing solutions to issues being raised at the table. In particular, he often
provided our committee with written documentation to highlight these issues and
Having operated his own business, he was aware that there is no such thing as an 8
hour work day. Gary could be reached by cell phone throughout the day and evening
to respond to enquiries about his proposals. Frequently our followup conversations
took place while he was driving about the city as he made the most of his time
balancing his commitments and responsibilities.
I know that once Gary makes a commitment to complete a task it will be done. The
people of Durham can depend on Gary to do his job with integrity,intensity and