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Bobble Head- Mayor McCallion Fishing
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Title: Bobble Head- Mayor McCallion Fishing
Identifier: 2007.3.1
Donor: Purchase
Item Date: 2004
Creation Date: 2008
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: This bobble head figure of Mayor Hazel McCallion is holding a fishing rod and two large fish. The base is circular 8.9 cm in diameter, 0.9 cm deep; the edge is painted white, while the top is blue. The embossed lettering is red. The figure is 10.5 cm tall to the shoulder, 5 cm wide at the shoulder. The figure is painted: black knee high boots, green trousers, orange shirt with sleeves rolled to the elbows, gold/orange vest with front pockets, and blue and gold chain of office with 10 seals. The figures head is 8.0 cm tall, 8 cm wide including the broad brimmed straw hat. The hat has the City of Mississauga logo in blue reverse print (1.2 x 1.2 cm) at the front of the crown. The Mayor has short wavy white hair, dark eyes and wears black and gold disk earrings. The head is mounted on a coil spring; it is tilted about 10 degrees to the proper left. There are two fish mounted tail down, back inwards. The proper right fish is a rainbow trout. The left fish is a walleyed pickerel. The Mayor holds them by their lower jaws. The fishing rod is black 12.2 cm long; the line is wrapped around its length. The hilt rests in a depression in the base; the rod rests against the Mayor's left upper arm. The figurine is in its original box.

History: The bobble head doll was given to guests at the Mayor McCallion's Fund Raising Gala in 2004. 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. Hazel McCallion was born in Port Daniel on the Gaspé Coast of Quebec. After high school Hazel attended business secretarial school in Quebec City and Montreal. She has stated, especially while receiving university honours, that she would have wanted to attend university, but financially her family could not afford it. After working in Montreal, she was transferred by Canadian Kellogg company to Toronto. She met and married her husband, Sam McCallion. Her in-laws gave the couple a piece of land near the village of Streetsville as a wedding gift. The McCallion's have two sons, Peter and Paul, one daughter, Linda and a granddaughter, Erika. Hazel and Sam founded The Mississauga Booster community newspaper. Sam McCallion was also the founder of the annual Streetsville Bread and Honey Festival. In 1997, Sam McCallion died of Alzheimer's disease. Hazel McCallion began her political career in Streetsville, Ontario, a village which has since merged into the city of Mississauga. Beginning as the chairman of the Streetsville Planning Board in 1967, she later became deputy reeve of Streetsville and was appointed reeve soon after. She was elected Streetsville's mayor in 1970, serving until 1973. By the time she was elected mayor of Mississauga, she had sat on virtually every committee at the Peel Region and the city of Mississauga. She has also served on the executive of many federal and provincial committees and associations. McCallion has overseen the growth of Mississauga from a small collection of towns and villages to one of Canada's largest cities. Her belief is that a city should be run like a business; thus, she encourages the business model of governance. Mississauga is one of the few cities in Canada that is debt-free. Hazel McCallion has received many honours including being made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2005. REF: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hazel_McCallion.
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