WHO ARE YOU?
NAME: Peggy Nash
WHERE DO YOU LIVE: High Park
CAREER: Labour Negotiator, Community & Political Activist, Former Member of Parliament & Educator
WHAT WOULD YOU DEEM YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS?
My greatest achievements are raising three sons, developing women’s leadership programs for the labour movement and representing my community in Parliament
WHAT GIVES YOU THE GREATEST JOY OR SATISFACTION?
My family. We now have two grandchildren and they are a real delight. My three-year-old grandson taught me some jumps on the trampoline. It’s awesome!
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY AND PETS:
At one time we had a rabbit, three cats, a dog and a toad. Sadly right now we have none, but sometimes we doggy-sit our son’s boxer.
WHAT DOES THE WORD COMMUNITY MEAN TO YOU?
Community means that we are greater than the sum of individuals. Together we create a better society.
WHAT IS ONE THING THAT VERY FEW PEOPLE WOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I love blueberries. I like to eat them fresh in the summer and frozen in the winter. I just love them!
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
The Capybara in High Park. They are adorable giant rodents.
WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN AND BY WHOM?
My parents taught me to be honest, to stand up for what’s right and to always be able to financially support myself. It was some pretty solid advice.
WHO INSPIRES YOU AND WHY?
What inspires me are regular people without much power, who, when faced with a crisis they didn’t expect, show exceptional courage. We see this with people who selflessly save others in a crisis. However, we also see it with people who go on strike, at great personal cost, to stand up for their rights. We see this with low-income single parents who make exceptional efforts to help their kids get a better life. There’s a lot of quietly inspiring people who are just struggling to get by.
IF THE WHOLE COMMUNITY WERE LISTENING, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THEM?
Let’s work to make our city affordable. We need co-op housing, rental housing and affordable home ownership, that can keep families in the core of the city. We need affordable and efficient public transit. If we value diversity and a cohesive society, we need to pay the taxes that help build the kind of city we all need to succeed.
IF YOU COULD POSSESS ONE SUPER-HUMAN POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
So many people live in economic desperation, right in our own city, but also certainly in many other countries. This represents a failure of governance. If there was a super power to suddenly help people economically, I’d choose that. Imagine the joy and good karma!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE VACATION SPOT?
This past summer my husband and I visited Newfoundland and Labrador. We explored national parks and historic sites. It is a beautiful province with an exciting history.
WHAT IS YOUR ALL TIME FAVOURITE MOVIE AND WHY?
Tough question; I have a few. I guess Casablanca always stands out for me. It’s a great love story caught up in the web of international politics and intrigue. It was shot on a Hollywood set, but it is how most Westerners think of Morocco. It is both comically cynical and intensely hopeful at the same time. Bogart’s character, Rick is just a joy.