“Life is already there, but what do you make of life? How do you take the circumstances of your life and create a path for yourself? I think I learned very early on as a student at UTSC how to do that. And those skills never leave you, they're just really valuable skills that you can carry forward in your life.”

The Honourable Mitzie Hunter is the Associate Minister of Finance with responsibilities for the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan and represents the riding of Scarborough-Guildwood. She grew up in Scarborough and is a graduate of UTSC where among other initiatives, she started MOSAIC. In her interview she talks about her experience on campus, her passion for bringing people together, and shares reflections on becoming a Black woman in a position of leadership.

 

You just want to be treated like everyone else

 

How do you take the circumstances of your life and make a path for yourself?

 

You can make a difference today. You can make a difference right now

 

I have come to see that the choices are infinite

Interview Participant: Mitzie Hunter

Interviewer: Maria Opoka

Location: UTSC campus

Date of Interview: June 3, 2015

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