|Description: A black and white photograph of Mayor Hazel McCallion speaking at an Arbour day event at Lake Aquitaine in Meadowvale. The Mayor is wearing a plaid poncho and skirt with the chain-of-office around her neck. In the background you see kids seated on the grass and behind them are a couple of apartment buildings. |
Lake Aquitaine is a man-made lake located in the park of Meadowvale West. The design was selected after a contest for which Project Planning Association, a Toronto engineering consulting firm, were the winners. In September, 1976, excavation began for the lake which was filled in 1977. The name "Aquitaine" was also chosen based on a contest for local residents. The park officially opened June 24, 1978 with an all-day celebration. Ref: Kathleen A. Hicks "Meadowvale: Mills to Millennium."
Hazel McCallion (born February 14, 1921) is mayor of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada's sixth largest city. She has held this office for almost 30 years since 1978. She is affectionately called "Hurricane Hazel" by supporters as well as the media at large for her vibrant outspoken style of no-nonsense politics. She is one of Canada's best known and longest serving mayors. At the age of 85, she was easily re-elected in November 2006 for her 11th consecutive term, holding a 91% majority of the votes. Due to her popularity, she does not campaign during elections and refuses to accept political donations, instead asking her supporters to donate the money to charity. For more information about Hazel McCallion see also http://www1.cata.ca/townhall/mayors/hmccallion.cfm.