Former Mayor Hazel McCallion, dubbed Hurricane Hazel by her fans and supporters, was Mississauga and Canada’s longest-serving mayor. She was elected in November 1978 and served for 36 years before retiring on November 30, 2014. Former Mayor McCallion lead Mississauga through an era of unprecedented growth: as of June 2014, there were over 62,300 businesses in Mississauga with over 420,500 employed within the City . Former Mayor McCallion is a champion of, and continues to play an active role in, causes that she believes will benefit business and the community at large.
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“I could never toe the party line. I’d wear out the carpet crossing the floor.”
– Mayor Hazel McCallion
“The most frightening words in politics are, ‘Hazel McCallion on line 1.'”
– a former Cabinet minister, who wishes to remain anonymous
Born in 1921 on the Gaspe Coast, Former Mayor Hazel McCallion committed more than 40 years of service to the residents of Mississauga. Hazel has participated in and led many initiatives locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally.
1921: Born in Port Daniel, on the Gaspe coast of Quebec to Herbert and Maude Journeaux.
1942: Transferred to Toronto by Canadian Kellogg to set up the local office. In Toronto, Mayor McCallion is involved in many projects including the Lakeview Generating Station, the British American refinery in Clarkson, the first synthetic rubber plant in Sarnia and the pilot project for the tar sands in Fort McMurray, Alberta.
1947: Mayor McCallion is a delegate at the 2nd World Conference of Christian Youth in Oslo, Norway.
1949: Mayor McCallion serves as the first female Dominion President of the Anglican Young People's Association (1949-1951).
1963: Mayor McCallion serves as the Division Girl Guide Commissioner (1963-1966).
1964: Mayor McCallion is named a new member of the Streetsville Planning Board.
1966: Mayor McCallion serves as the Chair of the Streetsville Planning Board.
1967: Mayor McCallion leaves Canadian Kellogg and enters politics.
1968: Mayor McCallion serves as the Chair of the Streetsville Planning Board. Mayor McCallion becomes Deputy Reeve of Streetsville.
1970: Mayor McCallion is elected Mayor of Streetsville.
1974: The Region of Peel and Streetsville and Port Credit join the City of Mississauga. Mayor McCallion is elected to the City of Mississauga and Region of Peel Councils. Mayor McCallion served two terms as Councillor and had sat on virtually every committee at the Region of Peel and the City of Mississauga.
1978: Mayor McCallion is elected Mayor of the City of Mississauga.
1978/79: Mayor McCallion serves a 1 year term as President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO).
1985: Mayor McCallion receives the Paul Harris Fellowship Award from Rotary International.
1991: Mayor McCallion becomes the first Mayor of a major municipality to submit the annual operating budget to residents for their input and scrutiny.
1992: Mayor McCallion establishes the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Mayors' Committee. This committee brings together the 30 GTA Mayor's and later includes the Chair of Metro Toronto and the four Regional Chairs to work together for the economic promotion of the GTA. The committee disbanded in January 2000.
1992: Mayor McCallion receives the Helen Keller Fellowship Award from the Mississauga Lions Club and the President's Award from Lions Club International.
1996: Mayor McCallion is appointed to the "Who Does What" Panel established by the Province to review the delivery and funding of government services. She also sits on two sub-panels: Assessment and Property Taxation Reform and Emergency Services.
1999: Mayor McCallion receives Germany's highest individual honour, the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, for her role in bringing German companies to Canada.
2001: Mayor McCallion is inducted into the Mississauga Sports Hall of Fame.
2001: Mayor McCallion is presented with a special Award of Excellence from the Mississauga Board of Trade in honour of their 25th Anniversary.
2002: Mayor McCallion is appointed Chair of the Central Ontario Smart Growth Panel by the Honourable Chris Hodgson, Minister of Municipal Affairs. The panel consists of 22 local government officials and business leaders who advise the Provincial government on how to plan for growth for the central region in both the short and long term. In addition to the pressing issue of growth, the panel looks at other issues including gridlock and waste disposal. The panel, the largest in the province, includes the cities of Brantford and Kawartha Lakes, the Counties of Dufferin, Simcoe and Peterborough, the Regions of Niagara, Waterloo, Halton, Peel, York and Durham, as well as the City of Toronto.
2003: Mayor McCallion receives the Canadian Family Values Award from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
2003: She also receives a leadership award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) for her leadership and dedication to addressing economic development issues in Mississauga.
2004: Mayor McCallion is a finalist for the title of World Mayor, joining some mayors from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. The competition intends to raise the profile of mayors worldwide, as well as honour those who have served their communities well and have contributed to the well-being of cities, nationally and internationally.
2005: Mayor McCallion is invested as Dame in the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, Knights of Malta, the Hereditary Order.
2005: Mayor McCallion is also recognized by the Province of Ontario for her more than 30 years of service as a municipal elected official. A Boardroom in the Office of Municipal Affairs and Housing is also renamed in her honour.
2005: Mayor McCallion is appointed Member of the Order of Canada. She receives her Insignia of Member of the Order of Canada at a ceremony held at Rideau Hall on November 18, 2005.
2005: Mayor McCallion is the runner up to Mayor Dora Bakoyannis of Athens, Greece for World Mayor 2005.
2006: Mayor McCallion is recognized as the CNW Communicator of the Year by the Toronto Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).
2006: Mayor McCallion is recognized as the Best City Mayor in Reader's Digest's June issue featuring "Canada's 30 Best".
2006: Mayor McCallion is named a Professional Land Economist by the Association of Ontario Land Economists.
2006: Mayor McCallion is honoured by the Yee Hong Community Wellness Foundation with their Golden Achievement Award.
2006: The City of Mississauga and the Healthy City Stewardship Centre Initiative are awarded the 2006 World Leadership Award for the Stewardship Centre Initiative and the Health Mississauga 2010 Plan.
2007: Mayor McCallion is named a member of the Metrolinx Board of Directors.
2007: Mayor McCallion is presented with the inaugural President's Award by the Professional Engineers of Ontario.
2007: Hockey Canada recognizes Mayor McCallion with their Female Breakthrough Award.
2007: The Board of Directors of Equal Voice and the Canadian Club present the EVE Award to Mayor McCallion for her more than 30 years of service to public life.
2007: Mayor McCallion is presented with the Trailblazers and Trendsetters Award by the Women's Executive Network as Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100.
2008: The Mississauga Chapter of Scouts Canada awards Mayor McCallion with the Centennial Medal in honour of her support to scouting.
2008: The Federation of Canadian Municipalities honours Mayor McCallion with an award for outstanding service in municipal politics at their annual conference.
2008: Mayor McCallion is honoured by the Ontario Municipal Administrators' Association with the Robert Baldwin Award. This award recognizes a career of achievement and service in the field of municipal administration and service to the community. Mayor McCallion is the first elected official to receive this award.
2008: Enersource recognizes Mayor McCallion with a municipal substation named in her honour.
2009: Mayor McCallion is honoured by The Biotechnology Initiative with the Community Service Award for her support of the Life Sciences sector in Mississauga.
2009: The Canadian Urban Institute honours Mayor McCallion with the Urban Leadership Award.
2009: Mayor McCallion is commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel by the Commonwealth of Kentucky for the Mayor's contribution to society and an ambassador of good will and fellowship around the world.
2010: The University of Toronto announces in January 2010 that Mayor McCallion will receive an honorary degree at the University's convocation ceremony in June.
2010: Mayor McCallion is honoured by the Mississauga Board of Trade with a Lifetime Business Achievement Award for her contributions to the community, province, and country.
2010: Mayor McCallion is conferred with the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa by the University of Toronto during their convocation ceremony for graduates of the University of Toronto Mississauga. Mayor McCallion is honoured with the honorary Doctor of Laws in recognition of her remarkable contributions to public life.
2011: Mayor McCallion is honoured by the Ottawa Chapter of the Famous 5 as a "Nation Builder". The Famous 5 Ottawa's aim is to raise awareness of the Persons Case, where in 1929, thanks to the efforts of the Famous Five, Canadian women were legally declared persons.
2011: Ontario Women in Law Enforcement honours Mayor McCallion with their Presidential Award.
2011: Mayor McCallion receives the Positive Aging Award from the Ontario Gerontology Association.
2011: The Mississauga Christian French School names Mayor McCallion Hero of the Year.
2012: Mayor McCallion is awarded The Top Canada Award, which recognizes Canadians who make a positive contribution to our country.
2012: Mayor McCallion is honoured by the Learning Partnership with a Lifetime Achievement Award for dedication and commitment to enhancing our public education system.
2012: Mayor McCallion receives a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal presented by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. This medal is presented to all recipients of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario for their significant achievement and remarkable service.
2013: Mayor McCallion is honoured by the University of Toronto Mississauga Alumni Association with their Paul A. Fox Award for her outstanding volunteer service to the Mississauga Campus.
2013: She also receives the Community Leadership Award from the Economic Developer's Council of Ontario for her ongoing support of economic development and her longstanding record as Mayor of the City of Mississauga.
2013: Heritage Mississauga confers the Modern Heritage Award on Mayor McCallion, which recognizes her dedication to creating a sense of place and pride in Mississauga communities.
2013: Mayor McCallion also receives the Community Service Award from Ontario Khalsa Darbar.
2014: She receives the Community Builder Award from the United Way of Peel, which recognizes an individual that has led the United Way to new levels of innovation and impact through its efforts.
2014: She also receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississauga News.
2014: She receives the order of the Rising Sun awarded by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan for her contributions to Japan-Canada relations through her welcoming support of Japanese businesses in Mississauga. It also recognizes her invaluable participation in the sister-city initiative between Mississauga and Kariya, Japan, which were twinned in July 1981.
2014: She also receives the Life Time Appreciation Award from the Palestinian Community of Canada.
2014: She receives the Lifetime Award from the Transformation Institute and Silvertrust Media for her distinguished leadership in public service and unleashing transformation in the City of Mississauga.
2014: She also receives the Phenomenal Women Award from the Congress of Black Women of Canada, Mississauga and Area Chapters.
2014: She receives the Public Service Leadership Award from BIOTECH Canada.
2014: She receives the Zafrulla Khan Award from Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at Canada for her years of distinguished service to the community.
2014: Mayor McCallion receives the Honourary Life Member Award from the Association of Municipalities Ontario.
2014: She is presented with the Catholic Award of Merit by the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School.
2014: She receives the Brand Laureate Hall of Fame — Lifetime Achievement Award 2014. This award honours and recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to the world through their field of expertise.
2014: The International Economic Development Council makes Mayor McCallion an honorary Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), which is an internationally recognized designation.
2014: She receives the Canadian Urban Transit Association's Excellence Award for improving transit in Mississauga.
2015: She begins a year-long appointment as Special Adviser to the Principal of the University of Toronto Mississauga
- Past Chair, Mississauga Taxicab Authority
- Past Chair, Mississauga Planning Committee
- Past Chair, Mississauga Sign Committee
- Past Chair, World Health Organization Symposiums on Healthy Cities Past Vice-Chair, Advisory Committee on Local Government Management Past President, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (1978-79)
- Past Vice-President, World Conference of Mayors
- Past member, Municipal Liaison Committee
- Past Board of Directors, Regional Director - Canada, American Public Transportation Association (1998-99)
- Governor, Canada Jaycees
- Chair, Large Urban Mayors' Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO)
- Board of Directors, Enersource Hydro Mississauga Corporation
- Past Member, Advisory Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) Centre for Health Development, Kobe, Japan
- Past Member, Greater Toronto Transit Authority Board (GO Transit)
- Member, Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), Nomination Ad Hoc Committee Member, Region of Peel, Local Governance Ad Hoc Committee
- Member, Canadian Federation of Municipalities
- Member, Advisory Council for University Scholarships of Canada Member, Advisory Council on the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Member, Transit Integration Steering Committee
- Honorary Chair, ecoSource Mississauga
- Honorary Chair, Women's World Hockey Tournament, 1987, 1997 and 2000
- Honorary Chair, Mississauga Technology Association
- Honorary Chair, 2003 Purple Ribbon Campaign for Peel Children's Aid Foundation Honorary Director, Mississauga Chinese Business Association
- Honorary international member, Beta Sigma Phi Honorary life member, Polish Alliance of Canada
- Honorary life member, Mississauga Real Estate Board
- Honourable member, Board of Regents, Ontario Women's Hockey Association
- Honorary member Mississauga Kinsmen
- Honorary member Mississauga Central Lions Club Honorary member Mississauga Rotary Club
- Honorary member, Alpha Delta Kappa
- Honorary member, National Council of the Boy Scouts of Canada
- Honorary member, Mississauga Italian-Canadian Business and Professional Association Honorary member, Probus Club of Streetsville
- Honorary Chair of Carassauga
- Journeyman's Certificate from the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Honorary Chair, Mississauga Construction Association
- Named a Professional Land Economist by the Association of Ontario Land Economists
- Past Board Member, Metrolinx
- Hazel McCallion Senior Public School (opened in 1991)
- Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre, University of Toronto Mississauga (opened 2007) Honorary Member of Scouts Canada
In addition, Mayor McCallion has established many citizens' committees:
- Mayor's Task Force on Building Deficiencies
- Mayor's Energy Task Force
- Mayor's Youth Advisory Committee
- Mayor's Youth Opportunities Committee
- Mississauga Clean City Campaign (ecoSource Mississauga) Mississauga Sports Council
- Mississauga Arts Council
- Mississauga Friendship Association (Kariya, Japan - Mississauga Twin Cities)
- Economic Development Advisory Committee
- Citizens' Task Force on the Future of Mississauga
- Mississauga Arts Review Taskforce
Mayor McCallion was married to Sam McCallion who passed away in 1997. She has three children: Peter, Linda and Paul, and one granddaughter, Erika. Mayor McCallion enjoys many sports including ice hockey, fishing and also enjoys gardening.