Ward 39 Scarborough-Agincourt
Sherene Shaw was first elected to public office in 1988, with the City of Scarborough, and from 1997 to 2003, she represented the riding of Scarborough-Agincourt as a City Councillor in the amalgamated City of Toronto.
Sherene has served on numerous committees, boards and commissions throughout her 15 years of public service. Sherene was appointed Toronto's first Diversity Advocate in 2000 to promote the principles of harmony and equality in the City of Toronto, and chaired the Race & Ethnic Relations Committee. Sherene was appointed Vice-Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), and served as Commissioner for the Toronto Police Services Board, where she chaired the Board's Youth Advisory Committee. She has also been an active member of the Economic Development & Culture Committee, Exhibition Place, and the Toronto Zoo Board.
On a national level, Sherene Shaw was a key Board Member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), the national voice for Local Government in Canada, and served on the Board's International Programs Standing Committee, Economic Development Committee and Race Relations Committee. In addition, she was Vice-President of IULA, International Union of Local Authorities, an International Association of Municipal Governments World-wide, and Chair of IULA-Wexcom Advisory Committee on Gender Equality.
Sherene had special interest and expertise in community development, capacity building and economic development initiatives, and has taken an active role in international alliances and municipal sister city partnerships.