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Gladys Larbie

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Gladys Larbie (born August 31, 1984) is a Canadian politician who is currently running for councillor of Ward 13 (Toronto Centre) in the 2018 Toronto municipal election. She registered as a candidate on June 11, 2018. As a councillor candidate for Ward 13, Larbie is focused on homelessness, affordable housing, affordable daycare, mental illness, safer communities, and more accessible public transportation. She describes her political views as conservative.[1]

Personal Life[edit]

Larbie was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario and continues to live in the city today. Daughter to Henry and Vivian Larbie, Gladys is the youngest of four children. Her parents immigrated to Canada, where they got married, over 40 years ago. Larbie graduated from York University with Honours in the Canadian Studies program. While there, Larbie was a varsity crew member of the rowing team. She later obtained a diploma in Business Administration and an advance diploma in Business Management from Durham College where she was class president and on the Dean's list. Larbie is an active member of the the United Church of Canada and volunteers for the Salvation Army. Her hobbies include Muay Thai, weight training, and writing.[2]

In her early adulthood, Larbie experienced economic hardship and ended up homeless. She relied on and accepted help from the Salvation Army Transitional Housing on Jarvis Street in Toronto. She also credits the Toronto Centre community for helping her get back on her feet. Today, she uses her past experience of living on the streets as motivation to work hard and as an example of dedication and commitment to anyone she encounters who is facing hardship.[3]


Gladys Larbie began her career as leader of Rights and Democracy (Droit et Démocratique), a "non-partisan organization with an international mandate, created by Canada's parliament in 1988 to encourage and support the universal values of human rights and the promotion of democratic institutions and practices around the world."[4] She then moved on to become president of the York University Chapter of Canada World Youth, which offers international volunteer programs to Canada's youth.[5] Larbie is now focusing her efforts on her campaign for councillor of Ward 13 and is an advocate for Indigenous and human rights in Canada. [6]


  1. "Gladys Larbie".
  2. http://gladyslarbie.ca/
  3. "Gladys Larbie".
  4. https://http://www.cwhn.ca/en/node/19305
  5. "Canada World Youth - be Transformed".
  6. http://gladyslarbie.ca/

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