Carol Burtin Fripp

Former TVO producer to receive Agnes Macphail Award

Carol Burtin Fripp is being honoured for her outstanding contributions to the community

Carol Burtin Fripp is set to become the 25th recipient of the Agnes Macphail Award for her contributions to the Leaside community.

The award ceremony will take place at the East York Civic Centre on March 24, the anniversary of Macphail’s birth.

“I was initially surprised when I first heard, but I’m very flattered to have been chosen,” Fripp said. “I’m looking forward to the ceremony.”

As the co-president of the Leaside Property Owners’ Association, Fripp is responsible for development proposals and traffic studies.

Her role became a “full-time involvement” while she was balancing her job as a producer at TVO until her retirement in 2008.

“I just find it rewarding to work with your friends and neighbours,” Fripp said. “It’s such a pleasure.”

The East York council authorized the award in 1994 to honour Agnes Macphail, who was the first woman to be elected to the House of Commons. It  highlights an individual’s contribution to the East York community.

Previous winners include former East York mayor Alan Redway; Rev. Jim Parker of Bethany Baptist Church, and Muhammad Masood Alam, who raised awareness about high-rise safety in his community.

“It’s an important award and she was an important woman,” Fripp said. “Agnes Macphail showed that persistence is worth it and that it pays off.”