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Caledon Walk of Fame welcomes Isabel Bassett as newest inductee

logo(October 28, 2017) Caledon resident Isabel Bassett was today inducted into Caledon's Walk of Fame.

The former journalist, broadcaster, provincial politician, author and advocate for women's issues joined a distinguished list of former honourees that includes sports entrepreneur Conn Smythe, art collectors Robert and Signe McMichael, writers Farley Mowat and Robertson Davies and film director Norman Jewison. 

To mark the occasion, a special ceremony was held at the Trans-Canada Trail Pavilion Park where, in the presence of Ms. Bassett, dignitaries, family and friends a new stone was laid on the Walk of Fame. 

The inscription reads: 

Journalist, Broadcaster, Documentary Producer, MPP, Cabinet Minister, Chair and CEO of TVOntario, Member of the Order of Ontario, The Order of Canada and Chevalier de l'Ordre de la L├ęgion d'Honneur, Isabel Bassett's work in broadcasting and commitment to women's issues have left an indelible mark in her community.

Read the media release

Walk of Fame


 

About the Walk of Fame

The Caledon Walk of Fame was initiated in 1999 for the purpose of honouring past and present Caledon residents who have made a significant contribution to the quality of life locally, nationally and internationally.

The Caledon Walk of Fame is situated in the Trans Canada Trail Pavilion Park on the west side of Airport Road in Caledon East. A stone is placed in honour of each recipient during a formal Walk of Fame ceremony, held annually when there is a qualifying nominee.

Criteria

  • The nominee must be a Canadian citizen.
  • The nominee has made a significant contribution to the quality of life, not only in Caledon but has also received national and international recognition for his or her contribution in one or more of the following categories:
  • Only one nominee at a time will be honoured, therefore the frequency of the event will be dependent upon the availability of nominees and will be subject to approval by the members of Council for the Town of Caledon.

Categories

  • Arts and Culture - Individual achievements that have been recognized by an organization or an individual who participates by chairing, organizing, instructing or promoting non-profit arts and culture groups.
  • Sports and Leisure - Individual achievements that have been recognized by an organization or has taken part as a coach, leader, referee or board member with organizations such as Guides and Scouts, minor sports groups, youth groups, or other recreational groups.
  • Philanthropic and Humanitarian Causes - a person who works with local organizations such as meals on wheels, service clubs, seniors clubs, registered social service agencies, home and school associations and health care, or on a national/international level with organizations such as "Doctors without borders" and UNICEF.
  • Environment - An individual who develops innovative program(s) or initiatives that address environmental issues which have local, regional and/or global effects; or who has implemented change at the local, national/international level that has had a positive effect on the environment.
  • Other contributions may be considered as submitted.
  • Nomination forms should be submitted to the Office of the Mayor, Town of Caledon, 6311 Old Church Road, Caledon East, ON L7C 1J6.

Previous Winners

Recipient

Year

Local Contribution

National or International Contribution

Norman Jewison

 

1999

Current resident of Caledon

World-renowned Film Maker and Director Multi-Academy Nominee; Founder of the Canadian Film Centre

Elmer Iseler

2000

Resident of Caledon

World-renowned choral conductor; Dean of the Canadian Choral Music Conductor of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir for 33 years; Officer of the Order of Canada

Robertson Davies

2001

Built his place of residence in Caledon East in 1970

Actor, Editor, Novelist and Playwright Professor of English at U of T

Robert and Signe McMichael

2002

Residents of Belfountain since 1982

Founders of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and home of the Group of Seven

Dr. Faye Lindsay

2003

Doctor for 25+ years in Caledon East, Chief of Staff, Chair of Ethics Committee, Director of Avalon Retirement Centre

Driving force behind improving rural medicine and practitioners, and recruitment in rural areas

Dr. Murray Fallis

2004

Established a scholarship to help youth in Caledon East Area pursue post-secondary education.

Recognized internationally for research and educational contributions in the field of parasitology; Head of Parasitology Dept. at UofT; Authored the History of Parasitology in Canada

Caledon Veterans of World War I and World War II

2005

Caledon Veterans who returned to Caledon after WW I and WWII to contribute to our community.

War Veterans who risked their lives in World I and World War II; Council acknowledged the significant contribution of Veterans in the year that had been designated as the Year of the Veteran

Farley Mowat

 

Russell Cooper

2006

Farley Mowat - Author and Environmental Advocate

 

Russell Cooper - Instrumental in protecting the Caledon Badlands

Farley Mowat - Literary Icon

 

Russell Cooper - Engineer, Journalist and Photographer

Daphne Lingwood

2007

An innovative sculptor and painter of leather artwork.  Created a thriving business in Caledon East.

Internationally known artist who taught her skills to students across Canada; Exhibited art work at prominent art shows all over North America; Founded Caledon Arts & Crafts for Youth (CACY)

Alex Raeburn

2008

Descendant of early Caledon Township settlers and a resident of Caledon since 1912.  He is a Caledon's Senior Statesman.

Preservationist of Caledon's natural and cultural heritage, notably the Credit River and Niagara Escarpment; Former Caledon Councillor and first Chair of the Municipal Heritage Committee

Constantine 'Conn' Smythe

2009

Owner of property on Hwy 10 where he became a pioneer in the sand and gravel industry; bred and trained quality horses.  Prominent sports owner and builder.

Principal owner of Toronto Maple Leafs; Builder of Maple Leaf Gardens; Builder of Hockey Hall of Fame; Namesake of Conn Smythe Trophy presented to the most valuable player in the playoffs; Inducted into the Horse Racing Hall of Fame

James B. Douglas

2010

Veteran of stage, screen and television, promoter, director, developer of theatre in Ontario and cultural preservationist.  Resident of Belfountain for 28 years.

Renowned as one of Canada's veteran leading actors playing in over 150 major roles; President and Chair of the Belfountain Heritage Society for 10 years; Contributed to organizing Salamander Festival

Tayler 'Hap' Parnaby

 

news release

2011

Caledon's 1st Volunteer Champion. Director, Caledon Community Services. Former Chairman, Board of Governors, Humber College.

Broadcaster, Journalist and Public Speaker; Twice named a Rotary International "Paul Harris Fellow"; Honorary Inspector, Ontario Provincial Police.

Christopher Dedrick

 

news release

2012

Active volunteer with the Caledon Chamber Concert Series, Academy of Canadian Film and Television, Guild of Canadian Film Composers, Patrons of Wisdom, and the Canadian Centre for Advanced Film Studies.

Nationally and internationally acclaimed musician, arranger, composer and conductor; 16 Genie nominations with four awards, one Hot Docs (film) award, a Socan award, and five Golden Reel nominations

Marilyn Field

 

news release

2013

Conductor, music and arts teacher and an active volunteer, for Theatre Orangeville's Board of Directors, the Headwaters Health Care Centre fundraising Committee and the Canadian Opera Company.

Founder - DAREarts - bringing the arts to children in all walks of life; Received the Canada Meritorious Service Medal (2003) and The Queen's Jubilee Medal (2003)

Donald Lobb

2014

Advocate for responsible soil management.

 

Accommodated more than 50 major research projects on his farm

including complete projects for six Master of Science, four Doctor of Philosophy research projects and one Postdoctoral research project

Beverly Holden

 

Jake Holden

 

news release

2015

 

Competed provincially, nationally and internationally for

Ontario and Canada in Duet Synchronized Swimming.

 

Competed provincially, nationally and internationally for Ontario and Canada in Snowboard Cross.

BEVERLY: competed for Canada in the Pan Am Games, winning a bronze medal, Canada's first medal in this sport.

 

JAKE: competed in his first Olympic Games at Sochi 2014; competing on the World Cup circuit since 2007

 Ken Weber

 

news release

2016

 Distinguished educator, author, local historian and volunteer.

Professor emeritus at the University of Toronto, editor of Settling the Hills (a history of Caledon East), longtime member of the Caledon Library Board, columnist for In the Hills Magazine, Bruce Trail benefactor.

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