Feldman bids adieu
Originally published on August 24 2010, in Snap North York
Mike Feldman has announced his retirement as councillor from York Centre Ward. In public life since the early 60’s, Feldman became councillor of Ward 10 in 1992.
The son of a Jewish immigrant, Feldman was schooled at an early age about the importance of volunteerism and the spirit of giving back to community. He describes himself as a Tory with a social conscience. “I was sixteen the first time I volunteered. I have always wanted to give back to social programs,” says Feldman.
Having worked all his life, Feldman feels that 82 is a good age to step down. He would like to be remembered by the community as someone who has integrity and believes in the power of philanthropy. “For me, politics is a continuation of volunteer work,” he says.
Feldman knows the importance of providing housing for the underprivileged since he has been a board of director for social housing projects. “When I drive by a building I have contributed to, I feel like it’s a good reward,” says Feldman. He jokingly adds that if he wasn’t a politician, the building would’ve been named after him.
Even though Feldman has called for an official retirement, he intends to continue working in some capacity. “In all likelihood, I’m going to sit on some government boards that have a more global perspective and also explore business opportunities,” says Feldman.
He extends his best wishes for Ward 10 in the years to come. “Ward 10 is diverse with Russian, Jewish, Italian and Filipino populations,” explains Feldman. “We have to strive towards a society that respects all sectors of the population in the ward and if we do that we will have a great ward.”