Judy Marsales’ legacy of success

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A former Member of Provincial Parliament, successful Real Estate Broker, community leader, music advocate and proud grand-mother of 3, in a nut shell, that is Judy Marsales.

From humble beginnings in Winnipeg, Judy Marsales has made a name and life for herself in Hamilton. Having moved to the city in the 70’s, she quickly created opportunities for herself.

From childhood she has always been ambitious, a trait to which she attributes many of her successes.

“I needed to create new opportunities for me here in Hamilton. I had no family, they were all in Winnipeg, my parents and my five siblings. I only had myself, so I had to be ambitious in order to survive.”

And survive and succeed she did.

In 1988 she opened her own real estate company, Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd., now regarded as one of the largest independent real estate companies in Hamilton, and she, considered as one of the city’s most successful real estate brokers.

Judy Marsales, owner of Judy Marsales Real Estate, is considered one of Hamilton's most successful real estate agents. (Photo by Dave Gruggen of Dave Gruggen Photography)

Judy Marsales, owner of Judy Marsales Real Estate, is considered one of Hamilton’s most successful real estate agents. (Photo by Dave Gruggen of Dave Gruggen Photography)

On Her Successes

Marsales has held positions as the Former Liberal MPP for Hamilton West from 2003-2007, appointed to the Hamilton Port Authority in 2001, and held the distinctive position as the President of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce in 1996, and was the first female president of the Realtors Association in 1991.

“I’ve been very fortunate in my professional life. Hamilton has been very good to me.”

Marsales is proud of all the awards she has received and keeps all her accolades in her Westdale branch. She says they all hold a special meaning in her heart; however, she is most proud and still surprised that she received both the Gallery of Distinction award in 2011; which recognizes outstanding Hamilton citizens, past and present, who have made significant contributions towards the betterment of our community, as well as being the first Hamilton recipient of the Athena Award in 2001. This award recognizes excellence, community service, and active assistance to women in developing their leadership skills and was presented to Judy by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.

“I never set out to get these awards, I just worked hard…and tried to help people!”

In 2003, Judy ran for MPP and won a seat in the Hamilton West riding. During her four year term she enjoyed every moment of it as it provided her the opportunity to make a difference.

“I knew I had the opportunity to influence change, and I wanted to make a difference …I needed to make a difference. It was hard, but it was worth it!”

On Giving Back

Marsales realizes the importance of giving back to the community.

“I like to give my time and leadership to organizations. Organizations are not always about money, sometimes all they need is guidance.”

She also believes that the next generation may not be exposed to some of the things she has been exposed to, and because of this, she likes to act as their guide.

“There are new challenges for the next generation and understanding the challenges of the past can sometimes inform the challenges of the future”.

On Staying Involved

Marsales continues to stay connected to the community.

“It’s important to stay involved!”

She is currently an advisor for the Chamber of Commerce putting her expertise as the former MPP to use by assisting them with government services and issues. She is the Chair of “Ladies and Gentlemen, Take A Seat“, an organization that fundraises to garner sponsorship for seats in the new Live Lab at McMaster University, as well as an Advisor for the Dundas Valley Museum.

On top of this, Judy combines her enjoyment for giving back to the community and her love of music into one.

“Music is my long time passion, I’ve loved music since childhood“.

She reminisces that she even created her own paper piano to teach herself the notes and scales at her local library in Winnipeg at 11 years old.

With a passion for singing, Judy lends her voice, along with others, to the St. Joseph's Church Choir on Locke Street. (Photo by Dave Gruggen of Dave Gruggen Photography)

With a passion for singing, Judy lends her voice, along with others, to the St. Joseph’s Church Choir on Locke Street. (Photo by Dave Gruggen of Dave Gruggen Photography)

Over the past 20 years, Judy has performed in front of hundreds of people in packed venues with “Sing with Judy” an interactive singing night with Judy and the Noteworthies. You can catch her at The Coach and Lantern in Ancaster, on Wednesday’s from 8:30-11:00 pm.

“When I’m up in front of the crowd with the microphone, everything is perfect!”.

Judy and The Noteworthies wows the crowd at Coach and Lantern, in Ancaster, during their weekly "Sing With Judy" night. (Photo by Dave Gruggen of Dave Gruggen Photography)

Judy and The Noteworthies wows the crowd at Coach and Lantern, in Ancaster, during their weekly “Sing With Judy” night. (Photo by Dave Gruggen of Dave Gruggen Photography)

Judy also sits on the board for “Instrument For Every Child“.

“I strongly feel that every child needs the opportunity to have music in their life”.

She also sings in the St. Joseph’s Church on Locke Street and Herkimer.

To Marsales, staying involved in the city is easy as “there are so many great initiatives, companies, and people to work with.”

Written by Guest Writer, Abigail Santos, Chair, Hamilton HIVE. You can connect with Abigail on Twitter