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.


“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

Chair – Ontario Place (Crown) Corporation-1986-89

  • Supervised the Agency’s financial operation with an annual budget of $20 million dollars
  • Spearheaded a new planning and priorities strategy that resulted in a $2.5 million dollar reduction of the deficit
  • Motivated the increased advertising revenue
  • Worked in close cooperation with staff and career civil servants to ensure the smooth operation of the Park
  • Developed a strategy with Board and staff to expand the existing programs and create new ones with a view to increasing attendance
  • Worked closely with the Boaters to reinforce their presence and cooperation with the maintenance of the Marina
  • Wrote and presented the Agency’s successful bid for government funding
  • Worked with the Board to reinforce the government’s commitment to the people of Ontario for an Ontario Place that would be “a place to stand and grow”

Community Consultant:

  • Coordinate and provide leadership to staff and volunteers for special fundraising and promotional events for community social service agencies
  • Provided expertise to a local Community Centre on volunteer management and grant submissions with very successful results
  • 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
  • Wrote and presented the successful government funding submissions
  • Organized two gala fundraisings on behalf of the Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library in association with the Crime Writers of Canada which raised in excess of $l00,000
  • Successfully initiated and solicited corporate and private sponsors


  • 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 (Sony) for the Performing Arts
    • Arbitration and mediation with the Union
    • Communicate with City Council on administration of the theatre
    • Co-operate with staff on the selection of presentations/special events
  • Metropolitan Toronto Housing Authority
    • Now the TCHC – social housing for persons with limited income
    • Adjudication on residents’ applications
    • Adjustments on maintenance where needed
    • A forum for residents’ complaints and suggestions
  • Committee of Adjustment, City of North York
    • Review applications for minor land use variances
    • Share information and rationale for non-developer applicants
    • Quasi-judicial rulings on land use, zonings and re-zonings
    • Work closely with the Planning Department and keep updated on the municipal regulations
  • United Way of Metropolitan Toronto
    • Participated as a committee member of “THE WAY AHEAD”, the United Way of Metropolitan Toronto’s priority setting process for the future
  • Canadian Jewish Congress
    • Vice President – the Agency that co-ordinated the Jewish Community’s operations
  • Ben Gurion University