Dr. Lillian McGregor (1924-2012) was a dedicated nurse and Aboriginal leader who spent most of her life in Toronto. She was a leader in the Friendship Centre movement, a founding member of the Native Canadian Centre, as well as a board member of the Native Child and Family Services, the Aboriginal Advisory Council, Nishnawbe Homes, and Ontario's Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy.
Dr. McGregor was the First Aboriginal woman to be awarded an honourary doctorate from the University of Toronto and was the University's first Elder in Residence. She was widely recognized for her work in promoting Aboriginal culture and education and was awarded the City of Toronto Civic Award, National Aboriginal Achievement Lifetime Award and Order of Ontario for her outstanding work on a local and national scale.
As part of the park naming process, Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff consulted with the local Councillor and local residents' groups to establish a shortlist of three park names: "Dr.Lillian McGregor" Park, "Miigwetch" Park (meaning 'thank you' in Anishinaabe) and"Aanii" Park (meaning 'hello' in Anishinaabe). Staff consulted with Chief R. StaceyLaForme of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation to confirm the suitability ofthe words for park names.
Parks, Forestry and Recreation posted an online survey from July 26, 2016 to August 2,2016 to provide the public with an opportunity to indicate their preferred choice of name.In total, 1,464 votes were submitted as part of the naming exercise and were distributed asfollows: Dr. Lillian McGregor Park (1,206 votes), Aanii Park (139 votes), and MiigwetchPark (119 votes).
Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff have exercised due diligence in ensuring the naming process meets the criteria set out in the Council-approved Property Naming Policy. The proposed official name "Dr. Lillian McGregor Park'' is supported by the local Councillor and meets the policy criteria in the Property Naming Policy in that it is an honourific naming which recognizes the significant positive contributions made by an individual to the City of Toronto. Written consent for the honourific naming has been received from Dr. Lillian McGregor's representatives.