Monday, February 9, 2015

Michael Coteau - MPP for Don Valley East (February 9, 2015)

Father we thank you for the ways in which Michael has been able to serve his province and Don Valley East. As he represents Don Valley East, please provide him with insight into the needs of this community and how they can be met. We pray that as he works specifically in the area of Tourism, Culture, and Sport, that you would develop in him a desire to see people enjoy this great province that you have created and provide insight into new ways this can take place. We also pray for wisdom in his role with the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games, that he would be able to help organize the event in an efficient, enjoyable, and safe manner that benefits Ontario and all involved. We pray this in Jesus' name, Amen.


Michael Coteau was elected in 2011 as the MPP for Don Valley East and previously served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Previously, Michael was elected as a school trustee for the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) in 2003, 2006 and 2010.

As a trustee, Michael advocated for student nutrition, community use of space and the use of educational technology. He initiated the Community Use of Schools motion that drastically cut user fees and made the schools more accessible to groups that offer programs for children. He helped introduce nutritional changes in schools that supported healthy food programs and increased awareness of student hunger.

Michael worked as an ESL teacher and curriculum developer before becoming a community organizer for a United Way agency in Scarborough where he organized the Malvern Youth Cabinet, the Law and Order Youth Group and the Malvern Photo Club.

He was also the Marketing Manager for ABC Life Literacy, where he was responsible for the organizing of the Family Literacy Day across Canada, and was Executive Director of Alpha Plus, a national literacy organization mandated to support adult education through the use of technology.

Michael grew up in Don Valley East and attended Don Mills Middle School and Victoria Park Collegiate Institute. He holds degrees from Carleton University in both Political Science and Canadian History. Michael and his wife Lori live in Toronto with their two beautiful daughters, Maren and Myla.