- Voted Best MPP by readers of NOW Magazine
- Led a campaign that raised the wages of over a million Ontarians
- Former United Church Minister who performed the first legal same-sex marriage in Canada
- Champion for key local issues including clean trains and a fair OMB process
Rev Dr. Cheri DiNovo is the Member of Provincial Parliament for Parkdale-High Park.
First elected into the Ontario Legislature in a by-election in 2006, she was re-elected in 2007 and 2011. She is currently the Chief Whip of the Ontario NDP and the critic for Community and Social Services as well as Women’s Issues.
Best known for her $10 minimum wage campaign through which over a million Ontarians saw their income increase by 28% over three years, and as the “Queen of tri-party bills” for tabling the most bills in the Legislature that have all three parties’ support, she was voted Best MPP and Runner-Up Best MPP by NOW Magazine.
In 2012, she succeeded in getting Toby’s Act, an amendment to the Ontario Humans Rights Code to include gender identity and gender expression and the first legislation of its kind in North America, passed. In addition, she has proposed a bill to fast-track benefits for workers suffering from PTSD that has been included on the front page of the Toronto Star.
Cheri is an ordained United Church Minister who performed the first legal same-sex marriage in Canada. She is also a founding member of Ruth’s Daughters of Canada, a multi-faith organization that aims to mobilize women of faith to work towards ending violence against women. In addition, she founded Girls Government, a non-partisan initiative aimed at getting young girls engaged in the political process.
As a critic for Citizenship and Immigration, Cheri fought for the rights of internationally trained professionals to have their degrees and experiences recognized when immigrating to Ontario. Cheri has also been a staunch advocate for Tibetan, Roma, Ukrainian, Polish and other communities in Parkdale-High Park and Ontario.
She is the winner of two major awards: the Lambda in Washington, D.C. for spirituality and religion for her book, Que(e)rying Evangelism, and the Award of Merit by the government of Ukraine for her work on Canada’s first tri-party bill recognizing the Holodomor as genocide.
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