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

When Lois James moved to Scarborough in the mid-1960s, few people had put much thought or energy into preserving the natural beauty of the Rouge. Now, largely because of her efforts, Scarborough citizens have more than 47 square kilometres of protected land, safely set aside as Rouge Park.


Born in Detroit, James was recruited as an aerologist for the United States’ military during the Second World War and developed a love for the environment through her work. She later moved to Scarborough where her late husband was working at the new University of Toronto’s Scarborough Campus. 


In addition to her environmental activism and decades of work spent to protect the Rouge, James also had a strong interest in politics.  She ran for mayor of Scarborough in 1978 and for the Green Party in the 1988 federal election.  She is a long-standing member of the United Nations Association of Canada and was awarded the prestigious Order of Canada in 2003 for her tireless volunteer efforts. 


Now in her 80s, James remains active in the various community organizations she founded. Residing in the same Scarborough home she moved to years ago, Lois James is truly an environmental role model for a new generation of green thumbs.