Agnes Campbell Macphail (1890-1954) was once described as "the most important woman in public life that Canada has produced in the 20th century."
In 1921 she blazed a path for women with her election to the federal House of Commons. Following her election in 1943, she became the first woman to sit in the Ontario Legislature, representing the riding of York East (which at that time included the community of East York and a large surrounding rural area).
On March 24, 1993, the Mayor proclaimed the first annual Agnes Macphail Day in the Borough of East York, in honour of the 50th anniversary of her election to the Legislature.
In January 1994, East York Council established the Agnes Macphail Award.
Sheila Lacroix was the 2014 Agnes Macphail Award recipient.