Hazel McCallion Walk for Health honours memory of former Mississauga mayor


Published May 17, 2023 at 2:52 pm

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Photos via Trillium Health Partners Foundation

The Hazel McCallion Walk for Health returns this year but without its champion.

McCallion, who served as Mississauga’s mayor for 36 years, died on Jan. 29 at the age of 101.

But a walk in her honour continues.

The second annual Hazel McCallion Walk for Health is on June 4, according to a press release from the Trillium Health Partners Foundation.

“Last year, we were fortunate to have Hazel with us to kick off what turned out to be an incredibly successful event. We are excited to continue this tradition in honour of her extraordinary life and enduring impact,” says Caroline Riseboro, President and CEO of Trillium Health Partners Foundation.

“I encourage everyone to join us on June 4 to celebrate Hazel’s life, raise funds, and help create a new kind of health care for the city and region Hazel loved.”

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The event will feature two km and five km waterfront walk options that start and end at Port Credit Memorial Park, followed by a Family Fun Festival with tons of activities, including a barbecue lunch, inflatable bouncers, balloon animals, a colouring contest, live music and more.

RBC-sponsored Olympian and two-time Canadian Olympic swimmer and world champion medalist Javier Acevedo will help warm up the crowd.

Melanie Ng, broadcaster and walk spokesperson will attend with Tammie Sutherland, Breakfast Television anchor.

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Participants can watch the adorable and talented Global Pet Foods’ SuperDogs, and Dallas, who has over 28 million streams of her song Outerspace, and CZN, the popular winners of Canadian Families Got Talent, will attend.

This year’s fundraising event will celebrate the life and legacy of McCallion, a dedicated champion of health care, and raise funds to help Trillium Health Partners build the largest hospital in Canada, the future home of The Peter Gilgan Mississauga Hospital.

The new hospital will provide more beds, shorter wait times, and greater specialization closer to home for patients and their families, the foundation says.

It will also equip hospital physicians and staff with leading-edge equipment and resources needed to deliver exceptional care for the growing community.

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The Hazel McCallion Walk for Health is an excellent way to honour Hazel’s memory and support the hospital she loved, the foundation notes.

Registration, participation ribbons, t-shirts, swag bags and access to the Family Fun Festival, which includes lunch is free, as long as participants meet fundraising minimums.

Learn more and register at www.trilliumwalk.ca.

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