Joe-Anne Priel, General Manager, City of Hamilton

Joe-Anne had been an active member of OMSSA since approximately 2000. As the General Manager of the City of Hamilton’s Community and Emergency Services Department, Joe-Anne participated on the OMSSA 47 Leadership Table and taskforces that focused on employment, child care, housing and social assistance.

Joe-Anne has participated in various working groups formed through the Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Joe-Anne served on the Province’s Expert Panel on Homelessness. Joe-Anne has been a strong advocate of OMSSA and encouraged staff participation in OMSSA’s work groups/networks, forums and training. Due to Joe-Anne’s experience, knowledge and political acuity, she has also been a confidant and contributor to successful strategies that OMSSA undertook.

The following are just a few of Joe-Anne’s career highlights and accomplishments at the City of Hamilton:

  • Led the development of the Social Vision for the City of Hamilton, a key social policy paper that guides the City to being a safe, healthy, vibrant and caring community for all citizens.
  • Founder and co-convener of the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction which received.
  • The David Crombie Award for collaborative solutions to urban problems in the Greater Golden Horseshoe from the Canadian Urban Institute.
  • Instrumental in the creation of the Strengthening Hamilton Community’s Initiative which resulted in the creation of the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion
  • Founder and co-convenor of Best Start Network, a leadership collaborative that re-engineered local system supports for children and families
  • Winner of the 2009 YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the area of Politics and Public Affair
  • The development of the Urban Indigenous Strategy to help the city respond to the actions of the Truth and Reconciliation Report.

Joe-Anne has the courage to speak honestly in what she believes in, and everyone appreciates her down to earth, pragmatic approach. Joe-Anne’s commitment to Public Service has been her life’s work. She has described it as “vibrant, challenging, exciting, innovative, and most importantly rewarding”. She found many opportunities and many pleasures in serving her community; helping people in trouble, making the world safer and cleaner, helping children learn and prosper, literallygoing where others would not go.

Joe-Anne’s character, team work and strategic visionary leadership is the reason she was nominated for this award.