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

Trumpeter, composer, arranger and long-time resident of Scarborough, Johnny Cowell was bitten by the performing bug at the age of six when he played his first trumpet solo with the Tillsonburg Town Band. Largely self-taught, Cowell joined the Toronto Symphony Band as trumpet soloist in 1942.


Following World War II, Cowell returned to Canada where he was a member of the Royal Canadian Navy Band in Victoria B.C., and also with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra where he played first trumpet from 1943-45. He lent his musical talents to several dance bands including those of Stanley St. John and Art Hallman, the Spitfire Band and Jack Denton's Palais Royale Orchestra. In the mid-1970s he joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and stayed until 1991.


Throughout his career, Cowell maintained his independence as a trumpeter, performing solos with various orchestras and bands. Composing music was also a passion of Cowell's, and he became one of Canada's most successful songwriters. Of the 200 songs Cowell wrote, more than 150 were recorded.

His song Walk Hand in Hand was recorded by several artists and became a major hit in North America and Britain.


In 1997, Cowell was awarded the Civic Award of Merit by former Scarborough Mayor Frank Faubert for his international success in the world of music.