Petition for Shane Stanford Memorial Park

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On October 7, 2020, Shane Stanford, 33, who worked at the YMCA for over 10 years was part of the health and fitness team at the Y, with hopes of one day becoming a manager. He had had locked up the facility and headed back to his home in Lawrence Heights, Toronto, when someone in another car opened fire. Police received a call about gunshots at 11:38 p.m. The shooting happened minutes away from his house. Moments after the gunfire, his car crashed into the side of a home, and when police got there, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was a role model to his friends around him in the community and if you ask his co-workers about him, they'll tell you about Shane's warm, friendly personality; the strong relationships he built with everyone around him, including Y staff, volunteers, and members; his drive to learn more and advance his career, how he always wanted to contribute to the team and pitch in to help whenever he could; and his passion for helping others through fundraising and championing the Y's charitable activities.

In memory of an outstanding community leader and mentor who devoted his life and career to the YMCA, and as a member of the Lawrence Heights community dedicated to helping others and making a difference for the good of the people, the community is working with local politician Mike Colle, working towards naming a park after him to honor his legacy.