Kids’ Questions and Answers with the Mayor


 Mayor with Kids

From time to time, I like to take the opportunity to answer questions from some of the most important members of our community – kids.  We all know that kids always ask great questions.


To both adults and kids alike, please take a moment to have a look at the collection of questions I’ve received over the years from curious kids and my answers to their queries. 


Mayor Susan Fennell


expandWhat do you do as the Mayor of Brampton?

As Mayor, I have a lot of different responsibilities.  I am the Head of Council, which means that I am in charge of Council Meetings and oversee all Committees of Council.  I also work with all of the departments and staff at the City of Brampton to make sure that we are providing the best programs and services for all Brampton residents.  I also get to represent Brampton at official ceremonies to mark important events, such as Canada Day or Remembrance Day.



I believe that my biggest responsibility and the most important part of my job is to always dedicate myself to the City of Brampton and the people who live here.

expandDid you always dream of becoming Mayor?

Going through school, I never thought about becoming Mayor.  It wasn’t until I became a Brampton City Councillor 1988 that people around me suggested I would make a great Mayor.

expandWhat does it feel like to be the Mayor?

I am so proud to be the Mayor of Brampton. Brampton is one of Canada's best cities.  It is home to over 450,000 enthusiastic, dedicated and pride-filled citizens.  It is a great city for people to live, work and play.

expandIs being Mayor a lot of work?

Yes.  Being Mayor requires and deserves a great level of commitment, but I am happy to do it.  I love my job and the community I serve.  I always say that anything worth doing is worth doing well.

expandWhat time do you start and finish work?

Being Mayor is not your average 9 to 5 job.  Most days, I start very early in the morning (sometimes as early as 6:30 a.m.!) and continue working late into the evening.  When I get home, I usually start responding to my e-mails from earlier in the day.  I personally answer all of my e-mail, and it’s not uncommon to receive a response from me at 3 o’clock in the morning!



The days are long, but meeting people and attending community events is a privilege for me.  I really enjoy my work and the opportunity I have to meet new people.

expandWhere is your office?

My office is at Brampton City Hall on the 6th floor.


My address is:

2 Wellington Street West

Brampton, ON

L6Y 4R2


If you or your class are interested in coming to City Hall for a tour of my office, please ask your parents or teacher to click here.

expandDo you enjoy being Mayor?

I absolutely love being the Mayor of Brampton.  It is an honour for me.

expandWhat is your favourite part of the job?

I would have to say meeting new people.


expandWhere do you live in Brampton? How long have you lived in Brampton?

I currently live in Ward 3.  I have lived in Brampton for over 30 years.

expandWhere did you live before moving to Brampton?

I used to live in Ville St. Laurent, Quebec.

expandHow many children do you have? What are their ages?

I have two grown sons, Michael and Joey.  I also have a German Shepherd, who is like a big kid.  His name is Duke.

expandHow old are you (if it’s not too personal)?

I was born in 1953.  You'll have to do the math!

expandWhat do you do for fun when you’re not working?

I don’t get a lot of free time, but I like to spend what I can with my family. 

expandIs it true that you played hockey?

No, I never played hockey, but I am the Commissioner of the National Women’s Hockey League. 


The National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) is the premier league in the world for women’s hockey.  Ninety percent of the players from the Canada’s Gold Medal Olympic Team play in this league.  The league has also attracted players from Team USA, Team Finland, Team Switzerland and Team Japan. 


You can visit our website at

expandDid you play any other sports?

I played basketball in university and love horseback riding.  Remember that staying active throughout your life is very important and that Brampton has lots of opportunities for kids and adults to play sports and keep busy.

expandWhat school did you go to?

I went to the University of Toronto Mississauga, and graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science.

expandWhen you were 9-years-old, what did you dream about being when you grew up?

I loved horses, so I wanted to be a veterinarian.

expandWhat is the necklace that you wear?

Mayor Fennell
The necklace I wear is called the Chain of Office. 


Brampton’s Chain of Office is inscribed with the names of the City’s Mayors dating back to 1982.  It also includes the Coats of Arms of Canada, Ontario, and the three original municipalities that make up what is now the City of Brampton:  the Town of Brampton, the Township of Chinguacousy, and the Township of Toronto Gore.


It’s also important to know that the Chain of Office has lots of room for the names of Brampton’s future Mayors.  One day, that could be you!

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