Ward 1 resident Lyla Miklos is an award winning activist, broadcast journalist, creative, education worker, lay chaplain, publicist, and special events organizer. Born in Frobisher Bay, Baffin Island, North West Territories (now Iqaluit, Baffin Island, Nunavut) in 1974, Lyla has called Hamilton, Ontario her home since 1982.
Lyla is a graduate of Mohawk College's Media Studies program and a Mohawk College Alumni of Distinction. She has been working in the media and communications industry for over two decades. She is the Host and Producer of Centre Stage on 101.5 FM The Hawk and is the Owner of Lyla-The Publicist. Her wealth of broadcasting experience includes past roles with The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Bravo, Cable 14, CHML, Drive-In Classics, Showcase ACTION, Showcase DIVA, SPACE, Vision TV, and Y95. Lyla's radio show Centre Stage will be on hiatus during her election campaign.
Lyla was installed as a Lay Chaplain with The First Unitarian Church of Hamilton in November 2014. As a Canadian Unitarian Universalist Lay Chaplain Lyla is licensed to officiate weddings, funerals, child dedications and other rites of passage. Hamilton's Unitarian Universalist Lay Chaplains are trained to provide thoughtful ceremonies that mark the significant moments in people's lives while respecting a diversity of beliefs, heritages, identities, and relationships. Lyla was the 2016 Gold Medal Winner in The Hamilton Spectator's Readers' Choice Awards under the category of Wedding Supplies and Services. In 2017 she was named one of the Top Ten providers of Wedding Supplies and Services in The Hamilton Spectator's Readers' Choice Awards.
Lyla's theatrical talents have been showcased in front of and behind the footlights with The Confidential Musical Theatre Project, Daycar Productions, Drury Lane Theatricals, HammerTheatre, The HamilTEN Festival, Hamilton Theatre Inc., Mixed Theatre, The Peninsula Players, Piccadilly Circus, The Players' Guild of Hamilton, The Staircase, Stoney Creek Little Theatre, Theatre Ancaster, Theatre Aquarius, and Unveiled Productions. An accomplished vocalist, Lyla has belted out O Canada at sporting events, recorded in studio with local area musicians, performed numerous musical theatre roles, added her voice to several choirs, and showcased her unique vocal talents as a soloist in countless venues throughout Southern Ontario.
Lyla has self-identified as a sex positive, queer, feminist, activist for over two decades. She helped create and served as President of Mohawk Pride, Mohawk College's first official club for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, two spirit, and more (LGBTQI2S+) students. She was instrumental in forming the GLBT Advisory Committee for the City of Hamilton, later sitting on it as a member and Interim Chair. Lyla was a part of the organizing committee of Hamilton Pride for over a decade, chairing it in 2005 and 2002. She was a support group facilitator for the Toronto Bisexual Network, Bisexual Women of Toronto and the Hamilton Bisexual Network and a volunteer with the Toronto Women's Bathhouse Committee. Lyla was a co-staff advisor with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board for Parkside High School's Gay-Straight Alliance Club and Westdale Secondary School's Positive Space Club. Lyla was a member of The Ontario Federation of Labour's Solidarity & Pride Committee representing OSSTF from 2011 to 2014.
Lyla has had a varied and diverse career. She has worked for numerous organizations in the public, private, and volunteer sectors. Along with her many experiences in media, arts, education, and LGBTQI2S+ activism she has also worked in administration, food service, hospitality, retail, finance, customer service, sales, fundraising, manufacturing, and event organizing. Lyla currently works for The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board as a member of OSSTF D21 OCTU.
Lyla has volunteered her time as a board or committee member with Arts Hamilton's Theatre Arts Committee, CHUM Locals Council, Communications Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP Local 723M), Elect More Women, The First Unitarian Church of Hamilton, Hamilton Theatre Incorporated, Hamilton Centre Federal NDP Riding Association, Hamilton West Provincial NDP Riding Association, Mohawk College Alumni Association, Mohawk Students' Association, Ontario Federation of Labour's Solidarity And Pride Committee, Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF District 21), Status of Women Advisory Committee for The City of Hamilton, and Strengthening Hamilton's Community Initiative. Currently, Lyla sits on the Board of Directors of The Hamilton Independent Media Awards.
Lyla was actively involved for over two decades in Southern Ontario's science fiction fandom community supporting several fan clubs and conventions including: Ad Astra, Fan Expo, Filk Ontario, Gaylaxicon, Odyssey Trek, Polaris, Toronto Trek, The USS Venture, and Worldcon.
Lyla's writings have been published in or broadcast on 101.5 FM, Ain’t It Cool News, CBC Radio, CHML, Entertainment Weekly, Fab, The Hamilton Spectator, Hard Core Nerdity, In Touch, Maclean's, Mayday, The National Post, QueerTelevison, Rabble, The Satellite, The Sentinel, spacecast.com, TV Guide, View, Wavelength, and XTRA!
Awards: Hamilton Arts Award Established Artist Nominee - Arts Management (2018), Hamilton Spectator's Readers' Choice Awards - Diamond Level Winner - Public Relations (2017), Hamilton Spectator's Readers' Choice Awards Top Ten - Wedding Supplies & Services (2017), Best Arts & Culture Journalist - Hamilton Independent Media Awards aka The Maggies (2016), Hamilton Spectator's Readers' Choice Awards - Gold Medal Winner - Wedding Supplies and Services (2016), Hamilton Spectator's Readers' Choice Awards Top Ten - Public Relations (2016 & 2015), Unique Contribution Award Co-Winner - HTI (2014), OCTU Award for Meritorious Service - OSSTF D21 (2014), 2nd Place - Westdale Idol (2007), Hamilton Pride Citizen of the Year (2007), Best Supporting Actress - HTI (2005), Hamilton Woman of The Year in Communications (2003), Mohawk College Alumni of Distinction – Creative Arts & Design (2003), Premier's Award Nominee - Creative Arts & Design (2003), Hamilton Community Foundation Award (1998), Judge William K. Warrender Award (1998), Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund Award (1998), Radiocorp Awards (1997 & 1998), Mohawk College Alumni Association Award (1997), Best Performance in a Cabaret - HTI (1994), Ontario Scholar (1993), OAC Art Award (1994), Hill Park Drama Award (1993), Hill Park Proficiency Awards (1989, 1990 & 1993), Laura Miller Public Speaking Awards (1991, 1992 & 1993), Sports Team Manager of The Year - Hill Park (1992), Bronze Medal - Ladies Shot Put (1987) and Kidz Quiz Finalist (1985).