Margarett R Best
My greatest accomplishment is being able to impact the lives of others in a positive and meaningful way. I rose from poverty to educate myself and obtained a law degree, which allowed me the opportunity to engage in the community and to impact the lives of many. My extensive community involvement paved the way for my ascension into the political realm as a Liberal elected member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, a position in which I was able not only to impact the lives of my constituents, but also Ontario’s approximately 13 million people as the Minister of Health Promotion and Sports. This subsequently led to my re-election as MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood, making history as the first African-Canadian woman to be re-elected to the Ontario Legislature, blazing a trail for others to follow as a history maker, and continuing my journey in life to touch as many people’s lives as I can in a positive and uplifting way.