Last updated Aug 24, 2015
Scarborough-Agincourt MPP, Soo Wong, is the first female Chinese-Canadian to be elected to the Ontario Legislature.
Soo was elected to represent the diverse and vibrant community of Scarborough-Agincourt on October 6, 2011. In April 2016 she was appointed by Premier Wynne as the Deputy Speaker. Currently, she serves as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. Soo is a member of the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly and Standing Committee of Regulations and Private Bills. She also sits on the Health Education Social Policy Subcabinet Committee.
In 2016, Soo introduced Bill 79, Nanjing Massacre Commemorative Day Act, 2016, a Private Member’s Bill to proclaim every December 13 as Nanjing Massacre Commemorative Day. With support from nearly 80,000 Ontarians, if passed, Bill 79 would be the first Bill in North America to ensure this atrocity in World War II in Asia is commemorated through remembrance and education.
In June 2015, Soo’s Private Member’s Bill 61, The Terry Fox Act, became Ontario’s official extension of honour to Terry Fox by designating the second Sunday after Labour Day in September as Terry Fox Day.
Soo introduced Bill 53, to proclaim May 14th as "Children and Youth in Care Day” in 2014. This legislation was unanimously approved by the Legislature. This Act recognizes May 14 of each year as Children and Youth in Care Day, acknowledging the enormous contributions current and former Crown and Society wards make to the Province, as well as the strength, bravery and resilience shown by these children and youth in the face of adversity.
Soo also brought forward a resolution to the Ontario Legislature calling on the Government of Ontario to declare May as childhood obesity awareness month as part of its strategy to combat childhood obesity. This resolution received unanimous support by all parties.
Prior to being elected to the Ontario Legislature, Soo worked extensively in the Scarborough-Agincourt community as a Toronto District School Board Trustee where she chaired the Health Committee and the Operations and Facility Management Committee.
As Chair of the Health Committee, Soo spearheaded the development of the first Type 1 diabetes management policy to be implemented by an Ontario public school board. She delivered much-needed programming on a tight budget.
As Chair of the Facilities Management Committee, Soo was responsible for overseeing the operation and management of almost 600 facilities across Toronto. She worked hard to successfully increase English as a Second Language programs across Toronto and to secure new playgrounds and additions for local schools.
Soo also worked in the health care field for over twenty-five years, starting out as a registered nurse. She later worked in the City of York’s Health Department and York Region Health Services where she developed, implemented and evaluated No-Smoking By-Laws and policies.
She also served as an administrator of a long-term care facility where she improved care, performance and staff morale. Most recently, Soo was a Nursing Professor at the School of Health Sciences at the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning where she taught a variety of nursing courses on the Canadian Health Care System, Population and Community Health Nursing and Primary Health Care.
Soo Wong arrived in Canada from Hong Kong at the age of eight along with her father, mother and two siblings. She speaks fluent English and Cantonese.
She can be found on Saturdays at her Reading Circle for local youth at the Bridlewood Public Library.
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