Darryl R. Wolk
Darryl Wolk was born in Kapuskasing, Ontario and moved to Newmarket, Ontario in 1984. Darryl has worked hard to establish himself as a community activist whose passion for politics, community and people has made his name well known and respected in the communities where he has lived, studied and worked.
Darryl attended Notre Dame Elementary School, St. Elizabeth Seton Elementary School and Sacred Heart High School in Newmarket. His studies at the University of Windsor enabled him to graduate with an MBA, studying political science and commerce in his undergraduate years.
Darryl is President of Advocacy Consulting specializing in government relations, social media and community outreach campaigns for the public, private and non-profit sectors. He currently works as Policy Analyst for the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association. Prior to that he worked as Strategist for the Fair Share for Peel Task Force. The task force is made up of a coalition of 70 partners within the Region of Peel including United Way, Peel Region, Peel Children's Aid Society, Community Living, Peel School Board, Trillium Health Partners, Boards of Trade, Police, Non-profits and many community agencies. The goal of Fair Share for Peel Task Force is to advocate for a population based funding model for health and social services from the provincial government. Darryl served on the Fair Share for Peel Task Force Steering Committee, the United Way Peel Public Policy Committee, the Western GTA Summit Steering Committee and was a member of the Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy Committee.
Darryl's past professional experience includes World Wrestling Entertainment Canada, Canada's Wonderland, Jonas Software, Clublink Corporation and Triton Sales & Marketing. Darryl began his career in government relations with CG Group focusing on municipal, health, energy and agriculture issues. In 2011 Darryl was hired to work as a Legislative Assistant to Frank Klees, MPP at Queen's Park working on files including Ornge scandal, TMX Merger, Pan Am Games, Highway 407 and Metrolinx. Darryl was coordinator for the 2013 Western GTA Summit. The Western GTA Summit is focused on how we can move, live and thrive within Burlington, Milton, Oakville, Halton Hills, Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon.
Darryl appears often in the media. He has appeared on Rogers TV, Reuters Voices without Votes, CBC National, Mississauga Life, the Newmarket Era, Globe & Mail, Mississauga News, the Auroran, Toronto Star, Macleans, and various other media outlets on topics related to local, provincial, federal and international government. He was a TV Host for "Act Now for Peel" on Rogers TV Peel and a producer for the "Western GTA Summit TV show". In high school, he was a wrestling news reporter for TSN, Fan 590 and iwrestling.com.
A dedicated volunteer in the community for years, Darryl enjoys working with the non-profit sector and volunteering in the community. Darryl is a member of the York Region Children's Aid Society Board of Directors and Chair of the Risk Management Committee. He served as First Vice President of the Community Living Newmarket-Aurora District Board of Directors, Past President of the Newmarket Rotary Club and past member of the North Newmarket Lions Club. He is a member of the Aurora Sports Hall of Fame Events Committee, Very Useful Theatre Company and has served on the Newmarket Heritage Committee, Newmarket Museum Committee and Newmarket Voter Turnout Committee in the past. Darryl enjoys supporting many community events and fundraisers in Newmarket, York Region and around the GTA including the Terry Fox Run, Magna Hoedown and Southlake Hospital.
On July 25, 2016 Newmarket Council called a by-election to fill a vacant seat in Ward 5. Darryl announced he would be a candidate for Newmarket Ward 5 Councillor. The race was in the downtown historic ward and he finished in second place out of eight candidates running. In 2014 Darryl was a candidate for Newmarket Deputy Mayor and Regional Councillor and finished as the runner up receiving 5127 votes. Darryl has also been active in local, provincial, federal and international political campaigns. Darryl is a proud resident of Newmarket and remains active in the community.