MEET CHRISTINE
New Leadership Delivering for Ward 14 on Hamilton City Council

Christine was born in Hamilton and raised in the Albion Estates neighbourhood in Upper Stoney Creek. Active on student council at St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic Secondary School, Christine later earned a journalism degree from TMU, formerly Ryerson University. There, she was elected president to the Residence Council and Board of Directors. Christine was involved in making campus life safe and inclusive, and successfully negotiated a reimbursement for students for the school term. ​

 

Upon graduation, she moved to Quebec City for work with CBC Radio, where she covered the sale of the Quebec Nordiques to Colorado, and Prime Minister Kim Campbell’s federal election campaign.  Christine also pursued a political science graduate degree at Laval University. There, she served as a youth committee representative to the UN’s 4th World Conference on Women, and as President of Laval’s Model UN delegation in New York.​

 

A family emergency gave rise to Christine pausing her studies, and returned to Hamilton before her father died of cancer.

 

She continued her career in public affairs with Canadian National, and commuted by train to Toronto. It was on the GO Train where Christine met her now-husband, Philip Castrodale, who was raised and was living in Ward 14, was relocating to New York. In 1998, she followed her heart and moved to New York, build her career in financial and corporate communications and begin a new family. ​

 

Every summer, Christine's family would return to Hamilton to spend time with extended family and friends. In 2018, Christine and Phil decided to move back to Hamilton and continue to raise their family in the Mountview neighbourhood in Ward 14. It was a fateful decision to move back to Hamilton before the COVID-19 pandemic.​ Christine continues to be active in the community by connecting with residents on priorities that matters, in particular public and roadway safety, and advocating for sustainable neighborhood development that responds to both environment and economic needs .

 

Now living with a tween, a teen, and a young adult starting university, Christine can be seen regularly in the neighbourhood walking the family’s yellow Labrador dog, Eleanor.