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Meet Sarah Parniak, a Torontonian who will change the city in 2017

Our Who’s Next series introduced you to five people making a difference in their fields and in the city who will change Toronto for the better in 2017.

Parniak was part of our Who’s Next series, which profiled those who want to make T.O. better in 2017

Sarah Parniak, a longtime bartender and writer, wants to use 2017 to further conversations on sexism, mental health, addiction and environmental impacts in the restaurant and bar industry.

Our Who's Next series introduced you to five people making a difference in their fields and in the city who will change Toronto for the better in 2017.


Who: Sarah Parniak

What she does: Freelance writer, bartender, and spirits consultant

How she's going to change Toronto in 2017:  A former columnist at NOW magazine, Parniak is hoping to use her writing to further discussions on issues like sexism, mental health and addiction in the restaurant and bar industry. She was nominated by Jen Agg, owner of Toronto restaurants The Black Hoof and Rhum Corner, who praised Parniak's writing as fearless.

"This is the time to be fearless in writing about the industry," said Agg.

What motivates her: "I'd like to contribute to lending a voice to some of the issues I care about. There's a lot of things coming to light now that have been taboo for a long time, whether it's sexual harassment, health and wellness for front-of-house and bartenders, or food waste in bars and restaurants," said Parniak. "I think they're important."

With files from Metro Morning

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