Legends Row President, Ron Duquette, presents Hazel McCallion with her award.
In November 2017, former Mayor Hazel McCallion was inducted as a member of Legends Row at a special ceremony.
Legends Row is Mississauga’s “Walk of Fame”. Induction into Legends Row is the highest honour a resident or former resident can receive in our city. Legends Row inductees are born in or have lived in Mississauga for a significant amount of time. They are accomplished in many aspects of life in our city. Through their actions and deeds, they have brought spirit and pride to our community and their contribution has not only affected life in Mississauga, but as well, across Canada and even around the world. Their talents and achievements have helped inspire tomorrow’s leaders. All Legends Row recipients are, or were, special citizens. Hazel McCallion certainly exemplifies these attributes and Legends Row is honoured to include Hazel in this outdoor museum.
McCallion was first elected Mayor of Mississauga in November 1978, and is the longest-serving mayor in the city's history, having served for 36 years at the time of her retirement in 2014.
With a heart of gold, and a will of steel, Hazel managed the affairs of the City of Mississauga “like a business” for as long as many of her citizens can remember.
The reason for that longevity...she never lost touch with the people who put her in office. She guided with gusto her little town’s transformation into the sixth largest city in the nation. And during most of those years we were debt-free!
Mississauga’s record of achievment and financial success was the envy of Canada and perhaps North America. Her defining characteristics...incredibly smart, an uncompromising work ethic, absolute fanatic on being prepared, unparalled energy and a fierce, tough as nails attitude when it came to protecting and promoting her city and her people. She will be remembered as one of the greatest municipal politician in Canadian history.
Hazel McCallion was made a member of the Order of Canada in 2009.
In November 2015, McCallion was appointed the Chief Elder Officer (CEO) of Revera Inc. In February 2015, McCallion became a special advisor to the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), the Mississauga campus of the University of Toronto, providing advice on matters related to strategic development of the school. Hazel McCallion was appointed the first Chancellor of Sheridan College in 2016. In 2016, February 14 was renamed Hazel McCallion Day across the province of Ontario in honour of McCallion's birthday.
Legends Row is located outdoors on the North-West corner of Celebration Square within the Colonnade at the entrance to the Jubilee Garden. The public is welcome to visit the Walk of Fame and enjoy the display 365 days of the year.