Jane Mitchell is the City of Waterloo’s Senior of the Year

Posted On Wednesday June 01, 2022

To kick off Seniors Month this June, the City of Waterloo is pleased and honoured to name Jane Mitchell as the Senior of the Year, 2022.

Jane is perhaps best known for her work as a Waterloo Region District School Board trustee and Region of Waterloo councillor. However, her volunteer involvement – from before and after her political career – speaks even more to her commitment to this community.

Jane has volunteered with the House of Friendship, the Cedarbrae School Breakfast Club and currently chairs the Lakeshore South Community Association. She has served on the Canadian Federation of University Women, the All Saints Anglican Parish Council and the Grand River Conservation Authority.

As a former librarian at Renison University College, her love of books encouraged her to found Reading Tents for Literacy, spur the development of Little Libraries in the Sunnydale neighbourhood and serve on the board of trustees for Waterloo Public Library.

Jane’s dedication to empowering women has been evident through her instrumental efforts in promoting the Zonta Film Festival, an event by the Zonta Club that features powerful films made by women. Jane also developed the Women’s Municipal Campaign School in Waterloo Region to encourage and support women running for public office.

With a vision to create a quality, affordable and accessible non-profit daycare, Jane founded and served as the first president of the Waterloo Infant Toddler Daycare.

In 2019, Jane came out of retirement for a year to serve as the executive director for the Hopespring Cancer Support Centre, which provides free services for people with cancer and their caregivers.

As president of the Button Factory, Jane helped to raise funds for the Arts Giving Campaign in 2020 and promoted events for the love of Arts in the Community.

For her tireless work in the community, Jane has been recognized as Zonta’s Woman of Achievement and is an Honorary Member of Renison College. She has also received honours from the Girl Guides of Canada, the City of Waterloo, the House of Friendship and has been nominated for the Oktoberfest Woman of Year award. Furthermore, Jane is also an accomplished blogger and writer.

The Senior of the Year award will be presented to Jane Mitchell when it is safe to do so, at a date to be determined. Visit Waterloo’s website for more information about past winners of this award. For more information about other age-friendly initiatives visit waterloo.ca/agefriendly. Registration information for June is Seniors Month events can be found at waterloo.ca/seniors.

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