Alumni of Distinction
Named Hamilton’s Woman of the Year in Communications (2003) Hamilton’s Pride Citizen of the Year (2007) and Hamilton's Independent Media Arts & Culture Journalist (2016); Lyla Miklos is a multiple award winning queer feminist activist, broadcast journalist, community organizer, education worker, publicist, vocalist and writer. Lyla is the Host and Producer of Centre Stage on INDI 101.5 FM and 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 helped create and served as President of Mohawk Pride, Mohawk College’s first official club for Two Spirit & LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, plus) students. She was instrumental in forming the LGBTQ Advisory Committee for the City of Hamilton, later sitting on it as a member and Interim Chair. Lyla served as Chair of Hamilton Pride Festival Inc.; Support Group Facilitator for the Toronto Bisexual Network, Bisexual Women of Toronto and the Hamilton Bisexual Network; Volunteer with the Toronto Women’s Bathhouse Committee; Co-Staff Advisor for Parkside High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance Club and Westdale Secondary School’s Positive Space Club; Member of the OFL’s (Ontario Federation of Labour) Solidarity and Pride Committee representing OSSTF (Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation); and Member of HWDSB’s (Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board) Positive Space Committee.
An accomplished vocalist, Lyla has belted out O Canada at sporting events, recorded in the studio with local area musicians, performed numerous musical theatre roles, added her voice to several choirs, and has showcased her unique vocal talents as a soloist in countless venues throughout Southern Ontario. The Hamilton Spectator's Theatre Critic, Gary Smith, named her one of the Top Theatre Performers of 2014 for her one woman cabaret show, Songs For A 40th Birthday. 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.
Lyla has volunteered her time as a board or committee member with Arts Hamilton’s Theatre Arts Committee, CHUM Locals Council, CEP Local 723M (Communications Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada), Elect More Women, The First Unitarian Church of Hamilton, HTI (Hamilton Theatre Incorporated), Hamilton Centre Federal NDP Riding Association, Hamilton West Provincial NDP Riding Association, Mohawk College Alumni Association, Mohawk Students’ Association, OSSTF’s Equity Advisory Work Group, OSSTF D21 OCTU, Status of Women Advisory Committee for The City of Hamilton, Strengthening Hamilton’s Community Initiative and The Hamilton Independent Media Awards.
Lyla currently supports the HWDSB's Autism & Neurodevelopmental Services and Behaviour Analytic Services Departments as an Assistant to the Principals and Managers of Specialized Services.