Hazel McCallion, 94, hired at U of T Mississauga campus

Hazel McCallion, one of Ontario’s longest serving mayors, retired a year ago, but the 94-year-old is already back in the workforce.

After serving as mayor of Mississauga for 36 years, McCallion has taken a job as the special advisor for the president of the University of Toronto’s Mississauga division.

The year-long contract will see McCallion advise the school on its development and help create new courses. She plans to make appearances in lectures and to work with the Institute for Management and Innovation to help develop a master’s degree in urban innovation and development.

The concept of development is nothing new for the former mayor. She oversaw the development of Mississauga as it grew from 300,000 people to the sixth largest city in Canada over her 36-year tenure.

McCallion said she was looking forward to the opportunity of working with the university.

“I have always felt so welcomed when I am at the university, and I am honoured to continue our long relationship and to contribute to education in Mississauga,” she said in a statement.

Known to many as “Hurricane Hazel”, McCallion will also contribute to a non-credit training course that gives people the opportunity to enter public service.