Betty Carr – Community
Publisher Betty Carr’s commitment to community transformed Toronto Community News (TCN) into a competitive, celebrated organization supporting countless Scarborough initiatives.
In 1989 Betty Carr became publisher of the Scarborough Mirror. Over the course of her career, her product portfolio expanded to nine newspapers reaching over 500,000 homes each week. She helped transform Toronto Community News (TCN) into one of Metroland’s best performing and most diverse divisions, receiving countless industry awards, donating millions of dollars worth of advertising space in support of community initiatives and becoming a celebrated organization that supports over 50 local groups and a number of partnerships. Her thirst for new ideas complimented her desire to elevate the community and the combination yielded a prevailing pursuit of excellence.
In 2012 Betty Carr retired from her position as vice president of Metroland Media Group’s Toronto division and publisher of Toronto Community News, but she remains committed to making a difference. Betty says: “All the time I learn from people. I’m still curious about so much out there.”
Dr. Sophie Hofstader – Health and Science
Dr. Sophie Hofstader has been on staff at The Scarborough Hospital for over 52 years. As a Family Practitioner, she delivered over 4,000 babies. In 1971, she began her career in Dermatology. Her contribution to Scarborough will be felt for many years to come.
Dr. Sophie Hofstader has been on staff at The Scarborough Hospital for over 52 years. Triumphing over gender discrimination, she graduated from Dalhousie Medical School the only woman in the class. In the first decade of her Family Practice she delivered over 4,000 babies and in 1971 began her career in Dermatology determined to help the most puzzling cases. In 1980 she organized the Canadian Dermatological Association’s lecture tour of China, the first embarked upon by a Canadian medical group.
During her long and productive career, Dr. Sophie Hofstader has seen thousands of patients, accepted numerous appointments, written countless academic papers, and served in many medical associations and societies. She loves what she does and has a myriad of stories to tell. Dr. Hofstader’s contribution to the fabric of life in Scarborough will be felt for years to come
Mike Holmes – Business/Entertainment
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.
Trusted contractor and popular television personality, Mike Holmes began his career as a professional contractor in Scarborough, where he also bought his first home. After working in the building and renovation industry for more than 20 years, Mike was asked to develop and host his own television series, Holmes on Homes®, which became an international success and broke ratings records, solidifying his career in television. Mike went on to produce five of HGTV’s most successful series; published several bestsellers; started the Holmes Foundation to help young people enter the trades; and developed an international brand based on quality, integrity and trust.
Cherie Piper – Sports
Hockey powerhouse, Cherie Piper has won three Olympic gold medals and one World Championship. Scoring forty goals and seventy-eight assists for Canada in 111 games over twelve seasons, she has inspired young women from coast to coast.
Hockey powerhouse, Cherie Piper has won three Olympic gold medals, and one World Championship. During her Olympic debut in 2002, she scored a goal and an assist and finished the tournament with five points in five games helping Canada to win gold. At the 2006 Olympics, Piper was second in team scoring, again bringing home gold and en route to gold in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics she scored five goals and five assists in five games. Scoring a total of forty goals and seventy-eight assists for Canada in 111 career games over twelve seasons Cherie Piper has inspired women from coast to coast.
Upon retiring from playing professional hockey, she accepted a position as High Performance Technical Coordinator at the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association. Cherie Piper remains dedicated to inspiring youth and teaching the values of acceptance, teamwork and good sportsmanship.