The 2015 Scarborough Walk of Fame inductees were announced at a special launch event in Scarborough last night. The event also celebrated the inaugural Kaleidoscope Ball, an exclusive gala presented by The Scarborough Hospital Foundation and the Scarborough Walk of Fame in support of The Scarborough Hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging department.
“We’re honoured to be inducting these talented individuals into the Scarborough Walk of Fame, and to be able to celebrate their extraordinary achievements through our unique partnership with The Scarborough Hospital Foundation,” said Earl Campbell, Scarborough Walk of Fame Executive Board President and Chair.
“The Kaleidoscope Ball is a true example of the best of the best in Scarborough coming together to support excellence in our community,” said Michael Mazza, President and CEO of The Scarborough Hospital Foundation.
“Our goal is to raise $2 million for our Diagnostic Imaging department in order to help The Scarborough Hospital continue to deliver outstanding patient care to the people of Scarborough. We’re proud to be raising these funds in partnership with the Scarborough Walk of Fame, which celebrates and inspires excellence every day.”
The Kaleidoscope Ball will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the Scarborough Convention Centre. The theme of this star-studded gala is Diversity Shines Bright, celebrating over 47 different nationalities that make up the global, diverse community of Scarborough. The 2015 Walk of Fame inductees will be the evening’s guests of honour.
This mutually beneficial partnership between The Scarborough Hospital Foundation and the Scarborough Walk of Fame was forged in 2014 to meet the following key objectives:
- Raise the profile and strengthen the reputation of The Scarborough Hospital as a critical community resource and the community of Scarborough as a thriving neighbourhood;
- Raise $2 million towards the Diagnostic Imaging department at The Scarborough Hospital;
- Recognize and raise the profile of the Scarborough Walk of Fame and the list of accomplished new and past inductees;
- Identify and build relationships with community leaders, businesses, and sponsors; and,
- Inspire future leaders.
The 2015 Scarborough Walk of Fame inductees are:
Television Host, Philanthropist, and Home Improvement Contractor
Beginning his career as a professional contractor in Scarborough, Mike Holmes is Canada’s most trusted contractor and the host and co-creator of the hit television series, Holmes on Homes®, Holmes Inspection, and Holmes Makes It Right.
Music Promoter, Artist Manager, and Motivational Speaker
British-born and Scarborough-raised music promoter, artist manager, and motivational speaker, Farley Flex is best known as a judge on the reality TV show, Canadian Idol, for managing rapper Maestro Fresh-Wes, and for establishing Canada’s first black-owned and operated radio station, Flow 93.5.
Newspaper Maven, Toronto Community News (TCN) Publisher
Publisher Betty Carr’s commitment to community transformed Toronto Community News into a competitive, celebrated organization supporting countless Scarborough initiatives.
Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist and Women’s Hockey Legend
Hockey powerhouse Cherie Piper has won three Olympic gold medals and one World Championship. Scoring 40 goals and 78 assists for Canada in 111 games over 12 seasons, she has inspired young women from coast to coast.
Dr. Sophie Hofstader
Family Physician and Dermatologist
Dermatologist Dr. Sophie Hofstader has been on staff at The Scarborough Hospital for over 52 years. In addition to being one of Canada’s leading dermatologists, Dr. Hofstader delivered over 4,000 babies during her 11 years as a family physician. Her contribution to Scarborough will be felt for many years to come.
The 2015 Scarborough Walk of Fame inductees will be officially inducted at a public unveiling ceremony at Scarborough Town Centre on October 17 at 11 a.m. ET. Their stars will be added to an already impressive lineup of Scarborough natives that have been inducted in previous years.