Meet Councillor Pat Saito
Pat Saito was first elected to Council in the City of Mississauga and Region of Peel in 1991. Prior to her election, Pat worked for 5 years as a Public Affairs Officer for the City. In 2017, Pat was awarded her Long Service Award from the Province of Ontario for 25 years of municipal service.
Pat has a long history of community involvement in Ward 9 and in the City of Mississauga. She was a very active volunteer for many years in her community and served on many local committees. Pat contributed many hours to the Mississauga Valley community where she and her husband Ron moved in 1972 and in 1978 when they moved to Meadowvale, they both became involved in the residents’ association and other local organizations.
Role as a volunteer and Councillor, focuses on issues related to crime prevention, traffic safety and all issues affecting youth.
She initiated and chaired the Peel Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Committee (CPTED) and was instrumental in the founding of the Mississauga Crime Prevention Association, now Safe City Mississauga.
Pat was a member of the Peel Police Internet Safety Committee and initiated a region wide committee, the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network, to develop a strategy for youth crime prevention. This has resulted in a strategy that is being implemented across the region.
In 2006, Pat’s contributions were recognized by Peel Regional Police who awarded her the prestigious Robert Boyne Award for Crime Prevention. In 2013, Pat was awarded the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners Ambassadors’ award and in 2015 she was recognized once again for her outstanding contribution to Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) in Ontario.
Pat was also a driving force in the creation of the Mississauga Safe Driving Committee, renamed Road Safety and helped implement many traffic safety campaigns. She also spearheaded the production of Mississauga’s first Traffic Safety Handbook in 2006. A strong advocate for traffic calming, Pat served on the committee to draft criteria for a program that was adopted by Council. She was vice-chair of Mississauga Traffic Safety Council dealing with traffic safety issues around schools. Pat also served on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Traffic Conference from 2004 to 2007. Pat was invited to be a presenter in March, 2010 at the Ontario Police College for the Traffic Training Course run by the Ontario Traffic Conference.
As a regional Councillor, Pat has served on almost every committee in Peel, chairing the Works Committee and Budget Committees and most recently the Health Services Integration Committee.
Pat was born in Belfast Northern Ireland and immigrated with her parents to Canada in 1956. She is a proud Canadian citizen and supports many programs that help to integrate newcomers to Canada.
Pat’s three children attended schools in Ward 9 and were involved in various sports and community organizations. Andrew is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University and he and his wife Kelly have two sons, Dylan born in 2004 and Morgan born in 2008. Jenny graduated from the University of Waterloo and Katy graduated from Georgian College.
Although her job as Councillor of a ward with a population of 60,000 takes up much of her time, Pat finds relaxation in training and competing in dog agility. Pat competed in dog agility for several years with her past German Shepherd Dog Killian earning several International awards and Killian was the top German Shepherd Dog in agility in Canada for 3 years running. Sadly Pat lost Killian suddenly to cancer in November, 2008 at the age of 10 1/2. Pat now trains and competes with her 10 year old German Shepherd Dog, Kahlua, in agility and again has amassed numerous awards both locally and internationally. She welcomes a new German Shepherd Dog, Rogue to the family in 2016 and she is involved in training him in various sports.
Updated September 25, 2017