Ontario Senator Don Meredith is honoured to be the first Jamaican to serve in the Senate of Canada. He is the fourth person of African descent to serve in the Senate. He was appointed to the Senate of Canada on December 18, 2010. Senator Meredith enjoys traveling and spending time with his family. He is married to Michelle, an educator who is passionate about students with special needs, and they have two children.
He is a businessman, community advocate, and a devoted champion of youth empowerment.
In 2002, he co-founded the Greater Toronto Faith Alliance Learning Centre (GTAFA) where he continues to serve as volunteer Executive Director. The GTAFA is a non-profit organization the supports at risk youth, families and newcomers by using education to engagement, encouragement.
Senator Meredith uses his passion and love for community to advance many initiatives that recognize the contributions of Black Canadians and minorities in Canada, including the passing of Bill S-213, which established January 21st as an annual holiday to commemorate Lincoln Alexander – the first Black Canadian to serve as Member of Parliament, Cabinet Minister, and Lieutenant Governor.
He has spearheaded efforts to erect a national monument in honour of the military sacrifice of Black Canadians, and he hosts an annual Remembrance Day ceremony to mark the legacy of Black service men and woman throughout Canadian history. Senator Meredith has also steered the development of a National Youth Strategy, which delivered the first-ever live-streamed Youth Summit from Parliament Hill with the goal of engaging young people and stakeholders from coast-to-coast on pressing issues.
As a Parliamentarian, his duties include serving as a member of the Senate Committee on National Security and Defense and the Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples. He is also co-chair of the Canada-CARICOM Parliamentary Friendship Group; co-chair of the Canada-Falun Gong Parliamentary Friendship Group; and Executive Board member of the Canada-Mexico Parliamentary Friendship Group.