Dr. William Steinberg – A Life in Hampstead
Dr. Steinberg has a BSc from McGill University, a PhD in Psychology from Northwestern University, and was a professor at Concordia University. He runs a business which specializes in survey software that measures customer satisfaction and employee morale.
Bill Steinberg is the son of the late Morris and Clara Steinberg (of the Quebec Steinberg’s grocery chain). He grew up in Hampstead on Dufferin Rd and attended Hampstead School. His siblings are Jonathan, a top Canadian bridge player and Ivy Steinberg-Quaile, an extremely accomplished athlete (YMHA Hall of Fame) and business woman. Despite being born with a severe hearing loss, Bill has overcome it with the help of a cochlear implant he received in 2004. He is currently the President of the Cochlear Implant Recipients Association. Mayor Steinberg was recently awarded the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Dr. Steinberg has also fostered relations with organizations, leaders, and members of government both in Hampstead and across Quebec and Canada.
He has been married to Dr. Doris Staniszewski-Steinberg (PhD Psychology) for over 40 years. She is very engaged in volunteerism both in the Town and elsewhere (member of the Hampstead Centennial, Beautification and Adult Events Committees, President of the board of Friends for Mental Health, cancer research, Israel advocacy, etc.).
Their children are Tara, a McGill Law graduate (member of the New York Bar) and Craig, who graduated McGill Psychology and started a website design company. Craig is very active in Hampstead as a member of the Centennial Committee, Adult Events Committee and the MVP program and volunteers quite a bit (environmentalism, community safety, women’s issues, political activism, etc).
Bill has been a resident of Hampstead for over 50 years and knows it both as a kid growing up and as a parent raising his kids in our town.
Dr. Steinberg Led the Hampstead Demerger Battle
In the fall of 2001, Bill Steinberg took on the task of fighting to get Hampstead back, following the failure of court challenges and in the absence of any other leadership initiatives. He cared enough about Hampstead and had the determination to lead and win the demerger battle.
“The demerger happened because of two dedicated and passionate people, Doris and Bill Steinberg. It happened because Doris and Bill stood up to be counted, this when everyone else had their lips moving but forgot to roll up their sleeves to make things happen”
-Abe Gonshor, Hampstead Councillor
E-mail to the Hampstead Demerger Team, June 21, 2004
Hampstead’s First Mayor Following the Demerger
With the same dedication and passion that characterized his leadership of the demerger battle, he knocked on all 2,500 doors in Hampstead. The result was a historic underdog election victory. At the time, the post-merger Town was in a horrible state. “The roads were like that of a third world country”, to quote many residents. The sewers were overflowing and causing thousands of dollars in damage to homes that were flooded.
In his first mandate, Bill led an activist administration that delivered unprecedented improvements in all areas. As a result, he was re-elected in 2009, defeating former Councillor David Sternthal with 61% of the vote. In the last mandate he has accomplished even more and has made Hampstead one of the most desirable places to live on the Island. Which is why the residents re-elected him for a third term defeating former councillor Bonnie Feigenbaum with almost a 500 vote lead.
Bill has always made engagement with the Town’s residents a priority. He participates in almost every event, is reachable 7 days a week, and responds quickly to requests. He makes sure that his constituents are consulted on all major decisions and ensures that the Town’s administration keeps the public informed and up to date.
If you have any suggestions to improve the town or its services Mayor Steinberg wants to hear from you.
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