Dr. Mary Anne Chambers has served as Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and as Minister of Children and Youth Services while MPP for Scarborough from 2003 to 2007. Dr. Chambers was instrumental in improving access to post-secondary education and implementing programs that benefit immigrants, youth and children.
Dr. Chambers‘ many initiatives included the introduction of grants to assist nurses in pursuing graduate studies. Before entering politics, Dr. Chambers was a Senior Vice President at Bank of Nova Scotia.
She sponsors Basic Schools / Early Childhood Institutions in Jamaica. She has funded scholarships for more than 30 first year students in Canadian Universities and Colleges, and also sponsors an Academic Mentorship Program for middle and high school students, in partnership with the University of Toronto Scarborough.
She has been the recipient of the African Canadian Achievement Awards for Excellence in Politics and Achievement in Business. She has also received numerous other awards, including an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the University of Toronto, a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, the Golden Jubilee Medal of Queen Elizabeth the Second, and the Prime Minister of Jamaica‘s Medal of Appreciation. She was named one of Women‘s Post magazine‘s Top 20 Women for 2010.
Dr. Chambers serves on the Board of Governors of the University of Guelph and Chairs the Advisory Council for York University‘s Centre for Education and Community. She is co-founder of The National Movement for Harmony in Canada.