Howard Shore was first elected to Markham Town Council in 2010. He came to Council as the Thornhill representative for Ward 2 after previously serving on the York Region District School Board (YRDSB) as the local Trustee and Vice Chair of the Board. Former Councillor Shore has deep roots in Thornhill, having lived here for 28 years.
Howard’s work on the school board contributed to a new strategic plan for the YRDSB as well as the Board’s development of its ground-breaking Character Education initiative. As Chair of the Board’s Negotiating Committee, Howard successfully oversaw negotiations with multiple labour unions during his tenure. Howard was and remains a strong advocate for French Immersion and supervised alternative learning programs for those students with behavioural or family economic issues. His advocacy lead to the creation of Safe-Schools-Safe Communities workshops and the rebuilding of Henderson Avenue Public School after its destruction by fire.
Howard has held senior positions with public and private sector organizations, particularly in the healthcare field, helping to provide better access for patients to their physicians across Ontario; implementing successful physician payment models, preventive healthcare screening programs and electronic medical records solutions as well as business development and healthcare services for physicians in primary care models.
Howard has briefed political leaders on issues concerning home health care and consulted on the development of provincial healthcare budgets. He has been featured on various local and national media as a leading expert on healthcare business issues.
In 2004, following a life-threatening accident, Howard became one of the few people world-wide to return from a multiple broken neck injury to successfully race the marathon. Since then Howard has spoken with students, at-risk individuals and race audiences across North America about the ‘mind-body’ connection, the power of a positive attitude and that one “doesn’t need to cross the finish line first to win”.
In 2006 Howard became the Chair of the New Leader’s Cabinet of the Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation helping raise funds for neurosurgery, colorectal cancer, Emergency and Trauma services amongst other areas.
Howard is an avid marathon-runner who competed in the 2005 World Masters Games in Edmonton.
The Thornhill community is really Howard’s passion. Thornhill is a dynamic, engaged and special part of the City of Markham. While on Council, whether it was Howard’s monthly informal Coffee Klatch with residents, Town Hall meetings or his annual Summerfest Movie Night in the Park, working together with Thornhill neighbours is what truly drives Howard.