Since Kay joined ACORN Canada she has been active in the campaigns to regulate payday lending, license landlords and raise the minimum wage. She says her experience on these campaigns is something she never would have had if it weren’t for the ACORN Canada organizer who knocked on her door asking if she had any community issues she wanted to discuss.
“I want recognition from every MP, MPP and City Councilor for the fact that ACORN Canada is leading the change that we need in the City of Toronto, and across Canada.” That’s Kay Bisnath in a nutshell; she’s a leader who wants her organization to get the respect she feels it deserves.
Born in Trinidad, Kay emigrated to Canada and eventually settled in the Gordonridge neighbourhood of Scarborough, Toronto in 1999. She signed up as a Toronto ACORN member in 2006, and was elected as the Chapter Chair of Gordonridge ACORN in 2007, before being elected to represent Toronto on ACORN Canada’s national board the following year.
Kay says the most rewarding part of representing Toronto ACORN members is that she is “able to work with a group of people from across the country who are committed to community change. To making our neighbourhoods liveable and workable again.”