Canada’s Walk of Fame Present Stars To The Stars
Six More Canadians Are About To Be Walked Upon
By Stephen Weir
As seen in the Caribbean Camera
There was a special ceremony staged last week to honour the new inductees of Canada’s Walk of Fame. Two of the six honoured at Wednesday’s Gala at the Liberty Grand ballroom in Toronto are well known to Caribbean Camera readers - Olympic runner Donovan Bailey and civil rights activist, the late Viola Desmond.
Jamaican Canadian Donovan Bailey is a legendary sprinter. He is a two-time Olympic champion in the 100-metre and 4x100-metre relay, three-time world record holder and three-time world champion.
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The presentation of Mr. Bailey’s Walk of Fame Star (which will be cemented into a downtown sidewalk) was a show stopper because of who was making the formal presentation. Mateus Bailey, Donovan’s 11-year-old son came to the podium to announce his father amidst wild applause from the packed room.
Viola Irene Desmond was a Nova Scotian businesswoman who challenged racial segregation at a film theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, in 1946. Dawn Millington Viola Desmond’s niece and Sydney Parris (her nephew) received her reward from Martin Luther King III and Lyric Bent.
In addition to being honoured with the Walk of Fame Star, the late civil-rights pioneer will be featured on the Canadian $10 bill next year.
Also honoured at the televised ceremony were Anna Paquin (Arts and Entertainment), the late Ted Rogers (Business and Entrepreneurship), David Suzuki (Science and Technology) and the late Stompin' Tom Connors (Cineplex Legends Inductee).
Founded in 1998, Canada’s Walk of Fame recognizes and celebrates Canadians who excel in their respective fields. The awards are meant to fuel a sense of Canadian pride and to inspire the country’s next generation.
With 2017’s additions, 173 stars recognizing remarkable Canadians have a permanent place of tribute on Canada’s Walk of Fame in the streets of Toronto’s Entertainment District.