A Jinbaori surcoat or vest from Japan. Given to hazel in 1985 when she visited Mississauga's sister-city, Kariya. She later wore this at the opening of Kariya Park (1992) and at the inaugural Japan Festival (2016).
Hazel’s 100th Birthday!
Hazel’s 100th Birthday!
Hazel McCallion, businesswoman, athlete and politician, was mayor of Mississauga from 1978-2014. One of Canada's longest-serving mayors, McCallion led the city for 12 consecutive terms, retiring at age 93. Nicknamed "Hurricane Hazel" for her no nonsense political style, she oversaw the development of Mississauga from a semi-rural bedroom community into the sixth-largest city in Canada. McCallion is considered a trailblazer for women in politics, a role model and inspiration for many others. At age 100, she remains a global icon; a Canadian celebrity admired, respected and revered.
McCallion retired in 2014. Since her departure from politics, McCallion has been appointed chancellor of Sheridan College and special advisor to the principal of the University of Toronto-Mississauga. She has also become an outspoken advocate for seniors and youth with her trademark unstoppable energy and drive.
See how our friends across Peel Region are commemorating this milestone and celebrating 100 years of "Hurricane Hazel".
- Mississauga Arts Council
- Peel Art Gallery, Museum & Archives
- Mississauga Library
- Heritage Mississauga
Various material has been published and produced about Hazel McCallion. Many of these books and documentaries can be found in a number of libraries and archives across Canada. Some of these include:
- Hurricane Hazel: A Life with Purpose. Authored by Hazel McCallion and Robert Berhl. Published by Harper Collins. 2014.
- Her Worship: Hazel McCallion and the Development of Mississauga. Authored by Tom Urbaniak. Published by University of Toronto Press, 2009.
- Video - Hurricane Warning! The Life & Times of Hazel McCallion. Produced by Ron Duquette, 2001.
- Thanks Hazel: a special commemorative collector's edition publication celebrating the remarkable 36-year career of Mississauga's popular mayor. Published by R.J. Entertainment Publishing, 2014.
Did you know the Museums collection holds over 200 photographs that capture various moments of Hazel McCallion's long standing municipal career?
In 2014, McCallion donated a significant amount of material she accumulated while serving in office for over 30 years. These items include commemorative awards given to her from various organizations, gifts from Kariya City, Japan and even a piece of the Berlin Wall!
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Wooden Japanese dance mask presented to the City of Mississauga by Kariya City on the occasion of the opening of Mississauga's Civic Centre in 1987. These masks are used to perform the Lion Dance celebrated on New Year's Day or at other festivals.
Mayor McCallion standing inside the Council Chambers at the Civic Centre. The Great Bear and the Seven Hunters mural located in the background is in view.
Mayor Hazel McCallion throwing the first pitch on Mississauga Day on June 21st, 1986 at Exhbition Stadium in Toronto.
An Annual Mississauga Day at Toronto Blue Jays games began in 1977 which raises awareness for the city of Mississauga as well as supporting the local Jerry Love Fund charity.
Members of council taken at the Ceremonial Inaugural Meeting of the newly formed City of Mississauga. Taken on January 16, 1974 at Glenforest Secondary School. Hazel McCallion, seen seated at the far end, was elected as ward 9 councillor for the area of Streetsville.
Presented to Mayor Hazel McCallion by local artist Bernice Kwong. Kwong has taught Chinese Brush Painting for the Peel Board of Education and Visual Arts Mississauga. Her work has been donated for numerous fundraising initiatives within Mississauga including the Mississauga Mayor's Gala.
Award presented to Mayor Hazel McCallion in November 2013 for her dedicate service as a member of the Principal's Advisory Council at the University of Toronto Mississauga. McCallion served for many years on the council supporting the interests and mission of the UTM campus.
Presented to City of Mississauga by the World Leadership Forum in 2006 for Best Health Project. It acknowledged the city's Healthy City Stewardship Centre imitative
Taken at the Ceremonial Inaugural meeting of the 1979-1980 City of Missisauga Council at Cawthra Park Secondary School. This was the first of many terms where Hazel McCallion was elected as Mayor.
Mayor Hazel McCallion and others were presented to the Ontario Legislature and given personal congratulations for their part in managing the aftermath of the Mississauga Tran Derailment.