With her fiery red hair and a personality to match, it’s not hard to believe that Fran Perkins was once named the Toronto Sun’s mover and shaker woman of the month. Full of life, passion and goodwill, Fran dedicated her accomplished career in public health to bettering our society. With a firm belief that having a home is the first determinant of a person’s health, she’s worked to improve access to housing since the early 1980s. Over her career, she’s led Toronto’s Healthy City Office, served on 14 Board of Directors, and, when she retired, spent 12 years working as an international health nurse, travelling across South America, Africa, and Eastern Europe.
Despite her demanding schedule, Fran believes that donating your time is an important and meaningful way to give back. When Fran is not attending Homes First’s events or chairing our Board of Directors meetings, she’s bringing turkeys to our Scarborough Shelter or throwing a garden party to help raise money. While she just stepped down as our Chair, she’s excited to continue working on our portfolio committee, helping lead our hunt for a new location for our Scarborough shelter, and being a host at this year’s 40 Homes for Dinner.
We are ever grateful to Fran and our many donors who continue to support the work we do.