Thunder Bay–Superior North
The newly elected MP for Thunder Bay–Superior North, Patty Hajdu, has been named Minister of Status of Women.
Prior to running for federal office Hajdu worked as the Executive Director of Shelter House, the city’s largest homeless shelter, working with substance abuse, harm reduction, housing and public health.
She previously worked as the head of the drug awareness committee for the Thunder Bay District Health Unit. In this unit, she authored the Thunder Bay Drug Strategy and serves on the implementation board for the strategy. She’s also a member of the Community Advisory Board for the Homelessness Partnership Strategy.
Hajdu served as chair for the city’s Drug Awareness Committee and on the board of directors for Alphacourt Mental Health Services and the Ontario Literacy Coalition.
She has been particularly vocal on the issue of homelessness, writing opinion pieces for the local paper. She is passionate about the social determinants of health, believing that having stable employment, a good education and living in a safe, healthy, sustainable environment has a direct effect on a person’s health.
Hajdu has a Bachelor of Arts from Lakehead University and a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Victoria. Before starting her work in mental health and addictions Hajdu was a graphic designer and creative director.