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“Nonna Approved” Campaign Message.

This is Fun.

On the lighter side of running for Mayor of Oakville – I hope these “out takes” of a video I filmed with my mom give you a smile.

What Julia Believes

  • Effective Town planning is vital – we need to build infrastructure to manage growth before growth happens. We are currently experiencing choking congestion due to reactive infrastructure planning – and it’s only getting worse. Oakville Deserves Better


  • Taxpayers are not an unlimited piggy bank – the Mayor and council needs to ensure money is spent wisely on projects that will have the greatest impact on our community. Oakville Deserves Better
  • Oakville’s downtown, Kerr Village & Bronte need revitalization to turn them back into energetic centres where the community can live, work and play. Oakville’s centres have suffered 12-years of decline through political neglect and mismanagement. Oakville Deserves Better.


  • All the natural green space of Glen Abbey should be saved for EVERYONE, not just golfers. Oakville Deserves Better.
  • Our Town should allow everyone to realize their dreams – to live, work, play and retire in an affordable community. Oakville seniors are often forced to leave the community they love because they can’t afford to live here when they downsize, while parents have little hope their children can work and live in the community where they were raised. Oakville Deserves Better.


  • Municipal leaders must be non-partisan to represent the interests of the community as a whole. Oakville Deserves Better.
  • The best leaders are great listeners who champion the ideas, hopes and dreams of the community, promote unity and inspire confidence, not self-interest or jockey for partisan political influence. Oakville Deserves Better.


  • Oakville is a prosperous community, but not for all – we are better when we identify and address the needs of those who struggle with poverty in our community. The poverty rate for kids in Oakville is increasing at an alarming rate: from 10.8% – 12.4% in just four years. Oakville Deserves Better.

This election is about leadership.  

Oakville Deserves Better.

Why Oakville Supports Julia

Moms, Dads, Grandparents, students, Liberals, Conservatives, Juno Award Winners, Emmy Award Winners, business people …. hear why Oakville residents are supporting Julia Hanna for Mayor.

Meet Julia Hanna

Julia Hanna is a successful restaurant impresario, a well-known community advocate on behalf of Oakville’s business community, and the founder of an innovative non-profit organization helping less advantaged families teach themselves how to prepare low cost, healthy meals.

Since 1993, Julia the entrepreneur has opened a string of highly successful restaurants in Oakville, including Café Galleria, Paradiso, Ristorante Julia and Ritorno – each a favourite dining destinations for thousands of local residents. In 2009 she launched her most passionate undertaking: a non-profit venture known as HealthyFam. Along with founding partner Longo’s, Julia built a series of family-centric programs focused on health eating and meal-making including the Kids Culinary Community, the Family Culinary Community, and the Seniors Culinary Community. In addition, Julia’s television show, “Return to the Table with Julia” is now in its eighth season where she invites prominent guests to cook with her while sharing family meal preparation experiences.

As a prominent business voice in Oakville, Julia had a distinguished term as Chair of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce (Ontario’s largest chapter) in 2012-13, and she has also been active on the Board of Directors for the Oakville (Downtown) Business Improvement Area.

Some of Julia’s Awards and Recognition

2016 – The Leading Women award by Ontario’s Women’s Directorate 2016 – Genworth Community Builder of the Year Award – Oakville Award of Business Excellence 2012 – Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012 – The Paul Harris Fellowship Award – One of the highest honours the Rotary Club can bestow upon a person. 2010 – The Oakville Award for Business Excellence 2009 – Restaurant of the Year – Oakville Awards for Business Excellence 2007 – The Mayor’s Art and Culture Award – Enhancing Business of the Year winner 2006 – Julia’s Ristorante won 12 awards, including “Best Restaurant” 2000 – Oakville’s West Oak Trail’s Resident of the Year 1999 – ATHENA Award Nominee 1997 – Entrepreneur of the Year – Oakville Awards for Business Excellence 1993 – Paradiso Restaurant – Oakville Beaver’s Best Restaurant in its first year

Inclusive Employment Interview with Julia Hanna

Erinn Bursey (In The Loop Media) interviews Julia Hanna about inclusive employment at Ritorno Restaurant and overcoming adversity. Video produced by Community Living Oakville.

Meet Brian Hanna

Prominent Lawyer. Community Leader. Loving Father and Husband

Brian Hanna, is one of the senior partners at  Halton Region’s largest law firm, O’Connor MacLeod Hanna. Having practiced for more than four decades Brian has represented clients in more than twenty thousand transactions.  

Brian’s commitment to his career is mirrored by his community service. Numerous boards and committees in our community have benefited from his expertise and experience. From the Oakville Lions Club to the Humane Society, Public Library and the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, Brian had shared his time and leadership skills.  Brian is presently serving as a Director of the Oakville Community Foundation.  This is a record of community involvement that gives him enormous pride.  

Brian Hanna’s greatest source of happiness comes from his family. Married to Julia for twenty-one years, the father of five is often heard to boast  “I’m the world’s best fed man!”

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