Ted McMeekin was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario.
A committed community volunteer, McMeekin worked as the Director of two International Work camps and as an overseas volunteer. He provided leadership to his local Mental Health Assoc., the Circle of Friends, Operation Lifeline, the Five Oaks Christian Workers Centre and as youth group leader, baseball and soccer coach.
McMeekin has also served as President of the Hamilton-Burlington YMCA and the Hamilton-Wentworth Lung Association.
A graduate of Mohawk College, McMaster and Wilfrid Laurier Universities, McMeekin has received Lifetime Achievement awards from both McMaster and WLU and the first Friend of Mohawk College award. He has also received the Friend of Youth Award from Waterdown District High School.
McMeekin is a recipient of both the Queen's Gold and Silver Jubilee medals for community service.
He served two terms as a Hamilton City Councillor and two terms as Mayor of the Town of Flamborough before being elected an MPP in 2000. He was reelected as MPP in 2003, 2007 and 2011.
He brings experience as Executive Director of the Burlington Social Planning Council, Chairman of Part-Time Studies at Mohawk College, Mission and Stewardship Officer with the United Church of Canada, owner/operator of the original CHAPTERS Bookstore and Part-time Assistant Professor at WLU to his work as an MPP.
McMeekin has served as Minister of Government Services, Minister of Consumer Services and Minister of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs. In February, 2013 he was appointed by Premier Wynne as her Minister of Community and Social Services.
In 2013, McMeekin received the Doctors Colloquium 'Political Award of Merit' from the Ontario Association of Professional Social Workers for 'a lifetime of humanitarian service and political advocacy on behalf of Ontario's vulnerable'.
He has a special interest in issues related to poverty, social justice, environmental vigilance, advancing post-secondary education, children and adults with special needs and social housing.
McMeekin lives in Waterdown, Ontario with his wife Dr. Barbara McMeekin a family physician. They have three adult daughters.