North Grenville Municipal flags were lowered to honour former Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, who died at the age of 101.
“Hurricane” Hazel McCallion served as the iconic Mayor of Mississauga for 36 years, from 1978 to 2014.
“On behalf of myself, my Council colleagues, and the Municipality of North Grenville, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to Ms. McCallion’s family, colleagues and loved ones,” said Mayor Nancy Peckford.
“Hazel McCallion was legendary in so many ways. Outspoken and feisty, she held the respect of political leaders from all levels and all parties, and was regarded as of the most iconic politicians in the country. She was an inspiring and determined leader that led with passion and compassion,” added Mayor Peckford.
Prior to her longstanding career in politics, Ms. McCallion played professional women’s hockey, and continued to be a strong advocate for girl’s hockey.
Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie honoured Hazel as the City’s Matriarch and Architect of Mississauga, leaving a lasting legacy.
In 2016, in honour of her 100th birthday, the Government of Ontario renamed February 14th as “Hazel McCallion Day.”
When asked about serving as a female politician in a largely male-dominated sphere, Mayor McCallion responded, “Think like a man, act like a lady and work like a dog.” Ms. McCallion, true to form, did just that for over three decades, and 12 terms.
North Grenville Municipal Flags were lowered to half-mast until after the state funeral on February 14, 2023.