On Tuesday, June 19, 2007, Her Worship, former Mayor Hazel McCallion was presented with the EVE Award (Toronto) for her outstanding success as one of Canada's longest serving Mayors and for her contribution to women in public life over the last 30 years.
Re-elected Mayor of Mississauga 11 times, most recently in November 2006, when she captured 91 percent of the votes, Hazel McCallion is affectionately called "Hurricane Hazel" by supporters as well as the media at large for her vibrant, outspoken, no-nonsense style of politics. Since moving to Streetsville more than 40 years ago, Mayor McCallion has overseen the growth of Mississauga from a small collection of towns and villages to Canada's sixth largest city. Mississauga is one of the few cities in Canada that is debt free and has not had to borrow money since Mayor McCallion took office in 1978. In 2005, Mayor McCallion ranked 2nd in the international World Mayor poll.
Mayor McCallion's speech provided snapshots into a fascinating life, spanning three decades in politics. The Mayor also reflected on what is needed to get more women elected at all levels of government in Canada.
To watch Hazel McCallion’s speech click here.