“Scarborough was the absolute exception to the rule of post-secondary education given its degree of accessibility. And even though it was designed 50 years ago or more than 50 years ago, the original building of the H and the R wing and the Meeting Place when you put it together in its totality, as it was originally laid out, was amazingly accessible.”

The Honourable David C. Onley, Ontario's 28th Lieutenant Governor, grew up in Scarborough and graduated from what was then called Scarborough College in 1975 with a degree in political science. He was active in student affairs notably as president of the student council. David now teaches at UTSC and was the Special Ambassador for the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan American Games. A survivor of polio, David discusses accessibility and student issues during his time at the university.


We were a very political family


Ours was a very active student council


Ours was a very active student council


It was an immediate exposure

Interview Participant: David Onley

Interviewer: Shant Bedakian

Location: UTSC campus

Photographer: Ken Jones

Date of Interview: June 4, 2015

To hear the full audio of the oral history interviews visit: Scarborough Oral History Project