Name: Ana Bailão
Occupation: City Councillor, Ward 18
Age: A woman never tells 😉
What’s a typical day like for you? It starts with a shot of espresso to kick off early morning meetings with stakeholders at City Hall. Followed by council and committee meetings, taking my day into the early evening. It doesn’t end there; even without any afternoon siestas! Usually, there are community meetings schedule weeks in advance for topics such as planning applications, parking upgrades and new community projects. Weekends are just as action packed, with numerous community festivals and events, allowing me the opportunity to better connect with the residents of the area; always making a day of work much more enjoyable.
What in your life is really important to you? Friends, family and being an active contributor to our community.
What would you like to be remembered for? For making our City more equitable and fair, the kind of of City that brought my parents here from Portugal to make their home.
What role does fashion play in your life? Fashion and politics don’t always fall into the same sentence; unless you’re Michelle Obama. However, I feel as though fashion is a great way to express oneself. It allows for full confidence and a “feel good feeling” when walking into a room. Being a public representative, respect is an important aspect when getting ready in the morning; although, I still enjoy showing my fashionable and youthful side with my outfits.
What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective? It’s local, creative, always full of great people, and the clothes! I can never leave empty handed.
What are you up to these days? I want to promote our unlimited potential as residents to come together and get things done. At a time when the City wasn’t building libraries, we created the Junction Triangle residents group and now a new library is coming to the community. When the City didn’t have new money for park programming, we created the Friends of McCormick Park. We are consistently encouraging people to speak up, and let your issues be known. Our office door is always open.
Is there anything else we should know about you? Just really letting people know that I am here for them. As mentioned, our door is always open. Come stop by, even if it is just to enjoy a cup a coffee.
Where can people find you on social media? @ward18anabailao or on Facebook at Ana Bailão