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

Born in South Africa, Dr. Vicki Bismilla is no stranger to the nation’s anti-apartheid movement or to the principals of social equity. Her childhood memories include Nelson Mandela visiting her family’s Durban home, discussing plans for the African National Congress.


After graduating from the University of South Africa with an English literature and drama degree, Bismilla, her husband and their children fled apartheid and came to Canada in 1970.


She took menial jobs to pay for teacher’s college and began teaching in Scarborough in 1972. She also completed her honours degree in English literature.


Bismilla spent 18 years with the Scarborough Board of Education, working in multicultural classrooms and rising through the ranks. She spent nine years as a principal, before becoming superintendent of education for the York Region District School Board, where she initiated 20 equity programs and committees, forming an infrastructure that continues today.


In 2005, Bismilla joined Centennial College as Vice-President Academic and Chief Learning Officer. In 2010 she completed her doctoral studies in second language education, to benefit ESL college students. Dr. Vicki Bismilla is an advocate of giving back to the community and she’s currently a board member for The Scarborough Hospital.