Hassanali recently retired as the executive assistant to the mayor of New Westminster, a job that gave her a unique perspective on the city.
“It’s full of traditions, heritage,” she said. “I learned a lot. Each day of my learning I got to know that it is unique, it is very special. That is why it is the Royal City.”
Hassanali started working with the City of New Westminster on March 14, 1988, having previously worked for Surrey Memorial Hospital and the B.C. Health Association. The city hall job appealed to Hassanali as it meant a shorter commute – and more time at home with her young children and family.
“The mayors of the time that I have worked with have always been interested in my family,” she said. “My children, luckily have all had very good education, good careers now. It is really thanks to this city.”
Hassanali served as executive assistant to four mayors – Tom Baker, Betty Toporowski, Helen Sparkes and Wayne Wright.