An internationally known entertainer and actor. She began her career at the Jubilee Pavilion in Oshawa and went on to host her own CBC show, performing with Robert Goulet and many others. She has appeared in films and television, in Canada, Italy, Switzerland, and the US, including five appearances on the Tonight Show hosted by Johnny Carson, and a role in the film The Hangman.
A noted business leader, community builder, and philanthropist. As the second-generation owner of Lovell Drugs, the oldest independent drug chain in Ontario, he contributed immeasurably to the community through his involvement with Durham College, Lakeridge Oshawa Hospital Foundation, and Scouts Canada. Mr. Lovell was also Chair of the Ontario County Board of Education.
A Canadian banker and was the ninth Governor of the Bank of Canada. Stephen Poloz, born and raised here, has a deep-rooted connection to his hometown and has been an advocate for the community on many occasions.
First President of UOIT, 2010
The only Canadian to have been president concurrently of both a college and a university. Gary Polonsky also has also been part of many community initiatives and fundraising initiatives here in Oshawa.
Glen was a long-time musician in Oshawa and the Durham Region. He contributed immensely to the music scene in Durham Region by hosting open stage nights in a variety of Oshawa bars and mentoring and nurturing up-and-coming musicians.
A Canadian politician. Starr is remembered for his work in furthering the cause of ethnic groups and minorities. He helped to build the policy of old-age pensions and worked to increase and expand unemployment benefits.
Union leader, 2009
Born in the row housing on Olive Street, this man became a giant in Oshawa’s labor movement. His significant contributions lead to Oshawa this Week’s listing Abe in their “100 people who make a difference” special edition.
He grew up in the city, went to school here, and spent 48 years working for General Motors before retiring in 1985. But it is his contributions to various volunteer groups and the local music community that have had the biggest impact on the Oshawa Community.
Barry Authors & Howard Swinson
Comedian Team, 2009
Barry Authors and Howard Swinson started as class clowns in high school, becoming a household act in theatres worldwide. Musician Spike Jones discovered them at the Oshawa train station and became the first Canadian comedy duo on American television, appearing on NBC’s The Doodles Weaver Show.
Former Ontario Premier, 2007
A Canadian lawyer, politician, and the 12th Premier of Ontario. Conant became the youngest Mayor of Oshawa. After his office, he dedicated himself to the development of hydroelectric power in Ontario.
Tonya Lee Williams
A Canadian actress, producer, director, and activist. She is best known for her role in The Young and the Restless. She is the founder and executive director of the Reelworld Film Festival
A longtime lawyer, sports fan, and community volunteer. He is best known for spearheading the fundraising campaign for the Oshawa Civic Auditorium, which was built in 1964.
One of the greatest race-riders ever produced in Canada. Hawley, a brilliant athlete, is an ambassador for the sport. With over 6,400 wins to his credit, this clean-cut kid from Oshawa, Ontario, has been called the Crown Prince of the sport of Kings.
Fiddler June Eikhard began her musical career in the ’50s as part of a small-time band called the Tantramar Ramblers. June Eikhard plays a number of instruments, but it was her impressive skill with the fiddle that placed her in the spotlight at shows.
A Canadian businessman and philanthropist. He started the McLaughlin Motor Car Company in 1907, one of the first major automobile manufacturers in Canada, which evolved into General Motors of Canada.
A Canadian social-democratic politician, political scientist, and chair of the Broadbent Institute; a policy think-tank. He was leader of the New Democratic Party from 1975 to 1989. In the 2004 federal election, he returned to Parliament for an additional term as the Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre.