In October of last year, Paisley Avenue North was designated as Anne Jones Way to commemorate Anne Jones, who contributed so much to Hamilton and called this street her home for over 60 years.
In 1962, as a new widow with two young children, she decided to run for alderman in Ward 1, the only woman on city council at that time. She later became the first Chair of the Region of Hamilton Wentworth, a position she held for 12 years. Among her many accomplishments, she founded our DARTS transit system, the first in Ontario, and the Hamilton Status of Women Committee, the first in Canada. As a politician, she made enormous contributions to our community. As a woman, she pushed the boundaries of gender norms and paved the path for future generations to do the same.
The signs, which combine the logos and colours of both the city of Hamilton and the former Region of Hamilton Wentworth, were designed by Dave Kuruc, who many of you may know as the proprietor of Mixed Media and King West Books in Westdale. Originally planned to honour her 100th birthday, Anne, unfortunately, passed away before the commemorative signs were complete, however, city staff expedited the fabrication and installation to coincide with her memorial service so her family could see them in place on the street she called home.