David Stark is a co-founder of Friends and Families for Safe Streets (FFSS) in Toronto. He is a member of the FFSS Steering Committee, serves as a facilitator of its peer support group and is an activist for better laws and street design to protect pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users.

On November 6, 2014, David’s wife, Erica, was standing on a sidewalk when she was struck and killed by a careless driver. The couple’s three young sons — 11, 9 and 6 at the time — learned of the dreadful news when they got home from school.

In recognition of his vocal advocacy for safe streets, CBC Metro Morning, Toronto’s most popular morning radio show, named David the 2016 Torontonian of the Year.