Ryan Lester

Meet The Candidate

Ryan has lived in Toronto Centre for more than a decade.
A local volunteer and longtime advocate, he has a reputation for getting results – for setting goals and working hard to meet them.

His work in the non-profit and charitable sector has made a difference in Toronto Centre. He was a member of the bid team that brought World Pride to Toronto in 2014 and was a director at Egale Canada Human Rights Trust where he led the team that raised $15 million to build an emergency and transitional housing facility in Toronto Centre for homeless youth. 

Ryan is passionate about mental health and addiction and he strongly believes in the human rights and equality of all Canadians. In 2016, Ryan proudly represented Canadian Civil Society at the Organization of American States (OAS) as a panelist on Advancing a Commitment to Address Victims of Trafficking in Persons. 

In 2018, Ryan was your candidate in the Toronto Municipal Election for Ward 13 Toronto Centre. He put forward a platform that focused on building a safer city, housing affordability, reducing congestion, and investing in new transit infrastructure. 

Today, Ryan continues to work with non-profit and charitable organizations so they can increase their capacity to provide services, raise awareness, and improve the lives of people living in Toronto Centre. He is an alumnus of Ryerson University’s Public Administration & Governance program and wants to bring together everyone who believes in a balance between fiscal responsibility, progressive social policy, and individual rights and responsibilities. 

As a community leader, Ryan has focused his volunteer work on reducing new HIV infections in Toronto and promoting the independence, dignity, health and well-being of people living with HIV and AIDS. He served... Read Bio