2013 Stars 


Barenaked Ladies  – Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn, Ed Robertson, Tyler Stewart – Entertainment

Christine Bentley – Community

Dwayne Morgan – Arts and Culture

Judie Oliver – Sports

Gerry Phillips – Community

Scarborough Historical Society – Lionel Purcell, Richard Schofield – Community

Monika Schnarre – Arts and Culture




2011 Stars 


Peter Appleyard – Entertainment

Dr. Vicki Bismilla – Education

Lawrence Gowan – Entertainment

Jay C. Hope –  Community

Dr. Dhun Noria – Health and Science

Dr. Harold Stein – Health and Science

Ron Watson – Community




2009 Stars


Marilyn Denis – Entertainment

Dwayne De Rosario – Sports

Gordon Deval – Sports

Lois James – Environment

Debra McGrath – Entertainment

Don Montgomery – Community (awarded posthumously)




2008 Stars


Dr. Sheela Basrur – Health and Science

Earl Campbell – Education

Deborah Cox – Entertainment

Ben Heppner – Entertainment

Rick Middleton – Sports

John Wimbs – Community




2007 Stars


James Bamford – Community

Johnny Cowell – Arts and Culture

Dr. Ming-Tat Cheung – Community

Bob Hunter – Environment

Cindy Nicholas – Sports

Anson Taylor – Education




2006 Stars


Dr. Lloyd Carlsen – Health and Science

Dr. R. H. King – Education

Dr. Charles C. Macklin – Science

Jamaal Magloire – Sports

Doris McCarthy – Arts and Culture  *new bio for McCarthy see below

David Onley – Community

Vicky Sunohara – Sports

David Thomson – Pioneer

Wes Williams – Entertainment

Dr. Joseph Y. K. Wong – Community

Ben Heppner is recognised world-wide as the finest dramatic tenor before the public today.


Born in Murrayville, B.C. in 1956,  Heppner has been a longtime resident of Scarborough. Acclaimed in music capitals around the world for his beautiful voice and incredible dramatic sense, his performances on the opera stage, in concert with orchestra, in recital and on recordings have set new standards in the genre.


In 1974 Heppner began studies at the University of British Columbia Music School and won the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Talent Competition five years later. In 1988 he received the first Birgit Nilsson Prize at the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, making his United States debut at Carnegie Hall in a Command Performance for the King and Queen of Sweden and his U.S.opera debut as Walther von der Vogelweide in Tannhäuser at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.


His European debut came one year later as Lohengrin at the Royal Swedish Opera, followed by his debut at La Scala, Milan in 1990 as Walther von Stolzing in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and his Japanese debut with Das Lied von der Erde in 1991. Heppner has won numerous awards and distinctions, including several honorary doctorates from Canadian universities, the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Music Award 2005 and Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee Medal 2002.


In 2001 he was made an Officer within the Order of Canada. His recordings have received a wealth of prestigious awards.