|Description: A black and white photo portrait of councillor Hazel McCallion. Photo has a white border surrounding the image. |
Hazel McCallion (born February 14, 1921) has held the office of Mayor of Mississauga for 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.
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. For more information, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hazel_McCallion.