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John Wood (1950-2013)
A three-time Olympian, John was the first Canadian to win an Olympic medal on Canadian soil and the first Mississaugan to win an Olympic medal, all in an era rampant with East Bloc doping. Training out of the Mississauga Canoe Club, he is credited with inspiring other athletes and kickstarting Canada’s run of success in the sport of canoe/kayak since his podium appearance.

George Stroumboulopoulos
is a broadcast veteran in television and radio. He has earned a reputation for being authentic and relatable and is one of the most trusted and respected broadcasters in Canada. Malton raised, George is also a passionate advocate of many social and environmental issues worldwide and has been an active supporter of numerous causes throughout his successful career.

Hazel McCallion
is the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history, having served for 36 years at the time of her retirement in 2014. Her supporters gave her the nickname “Hurricane Hazel” because of her outspoken political style. McCallion guided the new City of Mississauga through an unprecedented period of growth and prosperity. Her life is historic and her legacy legendary.

Gary Clipperton
founded and directed the Streetsville based charity choral group JUSTUS which performed throughout Mississauga, Canada and abroad for 40 years. He spent his life serving his community as founding director of the Bread ‘n Honey Festival, as well as helping create the Meadowvale theatre among many other endeavours.

Willson McTavish
Among his many contributions to the Arts in Mississauga, Willson was the Founding Chair of the Mississauga Arts Council, President of the Mississauga Symphony and the visionary who spearheaded the creation and development of the Living Arts Centre, spending five years of research and writing reports for City Council in order to get this important community project o the ground.

Robert J. Sawyer
is one of Canada’s most prolifc authors and has been called the dean of Canadian science fiction. He is one of only eight writers in history (and the only Canadian) to win all three of the science-fiction field’s top honours for best novel of the year.