Dr. Lloyd Carlsen – Health and Science
Established Canada’s first burn unit at the Scarborough Hospital, built the largest hospital based plastic surgery unit in the country, revolutionized several medical procedures and founded The Canadian Society for Aesthetic (Cosmetic) Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Lloyd N. Carlsen established Canada’s first burn unit at The Scarborough Hospital (then named Scarborough General Hospital) and went on to build the largest hospital based plastic surgery unit in Canada.
Dr. Carlsen revolutionized several medical procedures and received international recognition during his tenure as Chief of Plastic Surgery at The Scarborough Hospital. Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Carlsen performed the first calf augmentation for a post-polio leg reconstruction in the world, pioneered the use of porcine dressing for burn patients and inserted Canada’s first soybean oil breast implants (with Dr. Sandra Voice).
Dr. Carlsen is the founding member of The Canadian Society for Aesthetic (Cosmetic) Plastic Surgery which he started in 1972. He also established the Canadian Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Care Facilities in 1984 out of concern that surgical facilities should meet standards and criteria when operations are performed outside of a general hospital.
Perhaps one of Dr. Carlsen’s greatest joys is the training of over 50 young plastic surgeons in his fellowship program throughout his career. Apart from his accomplishments as a surgeon, Dr. Carlsen is an avid mountain skier and scuba diver and had the honour of being on the first “ill fated” Mount Everest expedition in the 70’s.
Dr. R. H. King – Education
(d. 1962) First principal of Scarborough High School, held the position for 32 years before assuming the role of the first Director of Education for the Scarborough Board of Education in 1954.
Reginald H. King was born in Orangeville and first served his country in the First World War before embarking on a life-long career in education.
After graduating from McMaster University in 1917, and having served as a high school teacher in Newmarket, he became the first principal of Scarborough High School in 1922. He held the position for the next 32 years before assuming the role of the first Director of Education for the newly established Scarborough Board of Education in 1954.
In his honour, the school was renamed R.H. King Collegiate Institute and continues to serve the community today as R. H. King Academy. On his retirement from the Board in 1960, Dr. King received a Honourary Doctor of Laws from McMaster University in recognition for his contributions to the field of education in the province.
Dr. Charles C. Macklin – Health and Science
Internationally recognized authority in pulmonary histology, physiology and pathology. His work on the dynamics of the lung and the mechanisms underlying pulmonary emphysema are recognized as classics in medical literature and principles derived from them are used widely in clinical medicine.
Scarborough born scientist, Dr. Charles C. Macklin was an internationally recognized authority in the field of pulmonary histology, physiology and pathology.
Dr. Macklin’s original observations on the structure and function of the lung provided the basis for much that has come after in the field of pulmonary research. A dedicated investigator during his long career of 32 years at the University of Western Ontario, Dr. Macklin published close to 200 articles, including numerous publications linking cigarette smoking to bronchial cancer.
Much of Dr. Macklin’s work on the dynamics of the lung and the mechanisms underlying pulmonary emphysema are recognized as classics in medical literature and principles derived from them are used widely in clinical medicine.
Jamaal Magloire – Sports
Played 12 seasons in the NBA. The second Canadian All-Star in NBA history. Assistant Coach for the Toronto Raptors 2013-2016.
For Scarborough resident Jamaal Magloire, forward/centre for the NBA Milwaukee Bucks, basketball has been the focus of his life for as long as he can remember.
Jamaal played high school basketball at Wexford C. I. in grades 9 & 10, transferring in grade11 to play for Eastern Commerce and the Saints where he excelled in the sport. After a successful high school career, Jamaal accepted an athletic scholarship for the University of Kentucky where he developed a solid game and impressive statistics on the court.
Now in his sixth NBA season, Jamaal Magloire sports career averages 9.5 points. 7.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots over 343 regular season games. He was named to the NBA All-Star team in 2004.
Off the court, Jamaal is active in supporting a number of community causes and charities that provide youth with a positive alternative to gangs and drugs. In 2005, he started the Jamaal Magloire Basketball Association (JAMBA), a non-profit organization affiliated with the Ontario Basketball Association. JAMBA’s endeavors to help boys and girls play basketball at a high level and at the same time teach them that they can achieve their goals on and off the court.
Doris McCarthy – Arts and Culture
(d. 2010) Artist, creator of the Scarborough flag and founder of the Scarborough Arts Council, recipient of the Order of Canada, named the first Artist of Honour by the McMichael Canadian Collection. University of Toronto’s Doris McCarthy Gallery and Scarborough’s Doris McCarthy Trail are named in her honour.
One of the most cherished interpreters of Canada’s rugged landscape, Doris McCarthy was the recipient of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario, as well as numerous fellowships and honourary doctorates from institutions across Canada, including the University of Toronto and the Ontario College of Art and Design. In 1999, she was named the first Artist of Honour by the McMichael Canadian Collection.
McCarthy was devoted to education throughout her life and graduated from the University of Toronto Scarborough in 1989 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree. In 2004 the University of Toronto opened The Doris McCarthy Gallery, a testament to her place in the canon of great Canadian artists.
A passionate advocate for the arts in her community, McCarthy designed Scarborough’s flag and was a founding member of the Scarborough Arts Council. She was a recipient of Scarborough’s Civic Award of Merit and Scarborough’s Doris McCarthy Trail was named in her honour.
McCarthy lived in Scarborough for over fifty years. In 1999, she donated her beloved property, Fool’s Paradise, along with a $500,000 endowment, to Ontario Heritage. Ontario Heritage took over the property after her death in 2010.
David Onley – Community
Journalist, broadcaster and news anchor, has been recognized for his work with the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons and inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame. Served as the 28th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility was created in 2014 to recognize Ontarians who have demonstrated commitment to improving accessibility for people with disabilities.
David Onley was raised in Scarborough and attended Heron Park and Fairmount Public Schools, Midland C.I. and the University of Toronto at Scarborough. He began his media career in 1984 with City TV’s “City Pulse” serving as Environment Specialist and later as the Science and Education specialist.
As one of Canadian television’s well known broadcasters, David Onley now anchors Cable Pulse24 the GTA’s most watched news channel. Apart from his role as broadcaster, David also has the distinction of being one of Canada’s leading space observers and the author of the best selling novel “Shuttle”.
David Onley has been recognized for work with church and community organizations as well as the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons. He was the recipient of the Clarke Institute’s 1996 “Courage to Come Back” Award (coming back from the effects of polio), and was inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame in 1997 for his ongoing contributions to the causes of people with physical disabilities. In 2004, David Onley received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree from Canada Christian College among the many accolades for his work.
Vicky Sunohara – Sports
Silver and Gold Olympic medalist in women’s hockey. Alternate Captain of the Canadian National Women’s Hockey team. Trained and mentored many of the current Olympic team members.
Scarborough born and raised, Vicky Sunohara, is a veteran and highly respected member of the Canadian Women’s Olympic Hockey Team. She took home her first silver medal in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano Japan followed by Gold in Salt Lake City in 2002 and of course the most recent Gold in the 2006 Turin Games.
Vicky has been alternate captain of the Canadian national team since 2001. Besides the Olympics, Vicky has won several gold medals for Canada at international ice hockey competitions. Vicky plays, and is captain, for the Brampton Thunder, a team in the National Women’s Hockey League.
Vicky Sunohara is credited with training and mentoring many of the young players on our current winning Olympic team and has been an exceptional role model for young girls in the sport.
David Thomson – Pioneer
(d. 1834) First recorded birth in Scarborough, encouraged his brothers to join him and together they built the first homes, church and school in Scarborough.
David Thomson was born in Scotland and immigrated to Canada in 1796.
After a short stay with his brother Archibald in Newark, he moved to York, now Toronto, where he was instrumental in the construction of Upper Canada’s (Ontario’s) first parliament buildings in 1797. Two years later in the spring of 1799, David, his wife Mary and their five children moved to Scarborough where history records the family as the first to settle in the old township.
Their sixth child, Janet, was the first recorded birth in Scarborough. David encouraged his brothers Archibald and Andrew to join him and together the Thomsons carved out pioneer settlements from the forests that once covered Scarborough. They built the community’s first homes, first church, first school and helped defend their country in the War of 1812.
Notable descendants of the Thomsons of Scarborough include Farley Mowat and Ken Thomson, Lord Thomson of Fleet.
Wes Williams – Entertainment
Known as Maestro or Maestro Fresh-Wes, rapper, record producer, actor, Juno award winner, pivotal in changing the climate for black music in Canada forever. First Canadian rap artist to go Gold and Platinum. Earned title “Godfather of Canadian hip hop”.
Wes “Maestro” Williams first came into the public eye in 1989 with the release of his first album. As Canada’s foremost and best selling Hip Hop artist in Canadian history, Maestro Fresh Wes has been pivotal in changing the climate for black music in Canada forever. His influence and popularity precipitated the implementation of a Rap category at the Canadian Music Awards in 1991.
Wes is the winner of two Juno Awards, four Much Music Awards, two People’s Choice Awards, and is the first Canadian Rap artist to go Gold (album and single) and Platinum (album). His signature single “Let Your Backbone Slide” is still the only song from a Canadian Hip Hop artist to go Gold.
In recent years, “Maestro” has diversified into the arena of film and television. He has made notable appearances in features such as Honey (Universal Films), Paid in Full (Miramax), Conviction (Paramount) and the Golden Globe-nominated film, Redemption, The Stan “Tookie” Williams Story (Fox Network). He has made guest starring appearances on Soul Food (Showtime), Drop the Beat (CBC), Platinum (UPN/MTV), Blue Murder (Global/Barna Alper), and Jake 2.0 (UPN). Wes is appeared in the featured role of “Darius” on CTV’s Gemini Award-winning series Instant Star, which is now in its third season and syndicated in 120 countries.
Dr. Joseph Y. K. Wong – Community
Led the establishment of the Yee Hong Wellness Foundation which helps raise the funds to operate the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care, devoted to the culturally appropriate care and support of senior citizens across the Greater Toronto Area. Recipient of the Order of Canada.
What began in 1987 as the dream of 30 friends led by Dr. Joseph Y. K. Wong, has incredibly materialized into the establishment of the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care. Today, four centres (one in Markham, one in Mississauga and two in Scarborough) are devoted to the culturally appropriate care and support of senior citizens across the Greater Toronto Area.
The unwavering dedication to provide a continuum of care – designed to offer services to seniors of various cultural backgrounds, at different stages of their lives – is the driving force behind the staff and supporters of Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care. Dr. Wong was instrumental in establishing the Yee Hong Wellness Foundation to raise the necessary funds to operate and maintain the highest standards of excellence for which Yee Hong Centres are known. The Foundation offers annual events such as the Dragon Ball, one of Toronto’s most glamorous galas as well as the TVB Fairchild All-Star Charity Show and Telethon.
Among his many community and charitable activities, Dr. Wong has served as the Chair of the United Way of Greater Toronto. Recognized for his humanitarian work, not only for the Chinese Community, but also for Canadians across the GTA, Dr. Wong has received the City of Toronto’s highest honour, the Award of Merit, in 1986; and the Order of Canada in 1993.
Des McAnuff – Entertainment
Tony Award winning former artistic director of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Director of Broadway musical productions, The Who’s Tommy, Big River and Jersey Boys.
Born in Princeton, Illinois, his family moved to Scarborough and he attended Woburn Collegiate Institute where he made his first theatrical appearance in the school’s production of The Sound of Music, playing the role of Kurt. Later, with the help of two friends, he wrote the music and lyrics to a rock musical called Urbania, which was performed by the high school drama club.
McAnuff worked with the Toronto Free Theatre as a director, and after several plays that had limited success, he left the Canadian scene for New York City, where he co-founded the Dodger Theatre Company in 1978, where he also directed the first production, entitled Gimme Shelter.
In 2010 McAnuff was the subject of a documentary special entitled Des McAnuff: A Life In Stages which was a part of the broadcast schedule on Bravo! in Canada for February 7, 2010.
During the 2011-12 Season at the Metropolitan Opera he directed a new production of Charles Gounod’s Faust. October 23, 2011, a tribute for McAnuff was given by staff and students from Ryerson’s Theatre School.