Today's a special day - not just for your Valentine, but also for former Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion. McCallion just celebrated her birthday and at 98 years old, she decided that the best way to celebrate the occasion was to go rock climbing. Proving to the world that she's a badass who literally does not quit.
Born on Valentine's Day 1921 in Quebec, Hazel McCallion has basically been getting sh*t done since day one. Known by locals as "Hurricane Hazel" for her no-nonsense leadership style, McCallion was the longest serving mayor in Mississauga's history. She was reelected 10 times and served for 36 years. What a queen.
Fast forward to 2019 and at nearly 100 years old, McCallion is still actively participating in Mississauga politics, working with businesses, schools and the community. She even has a campus named after her - Mississauga's Hazel McCallion campus at Sheridan College.
She splits her time between political functions, scheduled appearances, kicking it with friends at local diners (I've spotted her there myself) and of course, climbing to new heights at the rock climbing gym.
McCallion rounded up her squad, including current Mississauga mayor Bonnie Crombie, and headed over to Hub Climbing, Canada's largest indoor climbing gym, which just opened in Mississauga. Here are photos shared by Hub Climbing of her birthday adventure:
McCallion has gotten multiple birthday shoutouts from local political figures, including Toronto mayor John Tory. "98 has never looked so good," Tory wrote on Twitter this morning.
Wishing Hazel McCallion (my former boss) a very happy 98th birthday. What an amazing person. Truly inspiring and was instrumental in the devleopment of my career. An incredible lady and awesome leader. Happy birthday Hazel. #hazelmccallionday #HappyBirthday pic.twitter.com/drAg2JnxQs— GBW (@gbwilliams6) February 14, 2019
Happy birthday, you fierce queen.