Patricia Starr was born in Toronto and heads her own Consulting Firm that specializes in fundraising/special event co-ordination, fact-checking, editing, research and writing. She received her training at Ryerson University and has had four of her books published – two internationally. She has a long history of community involvement and is the recipient of several awards for community service. She is also the Associate Editor of the Blue Book of Canadian Business.

Author/Editor:

“Tempting Fate”
Non-fiction personal story – published across Canada (1993)

Deadly Justice
A romantic mystery novel – published internationally (1997)

Final Justice
The sequel – published internationally (2002)

The Third Hole
The third book in the DDeLuca Series – published (2013)

Brief CV excerpts:

  • Fact-check, research and edit for international clients and national publications on a regular basis
  • Coordinate and provide leadership to staff and volunteers for fundraising and special events of social service agencies
  • Ghostwrite policy papers and speeches for executive and politicians
  • Wrote a four-part series on “International Cooks” for a national trade publication
  • Wrote featured articles for national newspapers

Chairman & CEO – Ontario Place Corporation (Canada’s largest provincial theme park)

  • Supervised the Agency’s financial operation with an annual budget of $20 million dollars
  • Developed a new planning and priorities strategy that resulted in a $2 million dollar reduction of the deficit with the help of members from across the Province

In the Community:

  • Spearheaded the research, development, fundraising and day to day operation of a successful pilot project for the independent living of Seniors and physically disabled individuals that resulted in four large housing facilities in Toronto
  • Organized two successful gala fundraisings on behalf of the Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library in association with the Crime Writers of Canada
  • Provided expertise to a local Community Centre on volunteer management and grant submissions with very successful results

Awards:

  • Gold Medal: Ministry of Citizenship and Culture – Ontario
  • New Leadership – Assoc. of Y’s – United States and Canada
  • Canada Day Achievement for Volunteerism
  • B’nai Brith Canada – Woman of Distinction
  • State of Israel Bonds – Woman of Valour

Speaker and Commentator:

  • Canadian Club
  • Front Page Challenge – Vancouver
  • CBC Public Affairs
  • Crime Writers of Canada
  • Elizabeth Fry Society

Former Board Memberships:

  • O’Keefe Centre (Hummingbird) for the Performing Arts
  • Metropolitan Toronto Housing Authority
  • Committee of Adjustment, City of North York
  • United Way of Metropolitan Toronto
  • Canadian Jewish Congress
  • Ben Gurion University