2015 Peter Soumalias Unsung Hero Honour
Peter Soumalias is the Founding Director of Canada's Walk of Fame who launched the organization in 1998 along with co-founders Bill Ballard, Dusty Cohl and Gary Slaight. To pay tribute to his dedication and outstanding contributions to the recognition and celebration of Canadian excellence across this country, Canada’s Walk of Fame announced the creation of an honour in his name, to annually recognize a very special Canadian whose outstanding work within the arts, culture or sports impacts their community and inspires the next generation.
After a successful national outreach campaign, Canada's Walk of Fame is pleased to announce that Evelyn Wilson of Carrying Place, Ontario is the recipient of this Honour. A devoted mother and wife, Evelyn is also a caregiver to her community. Her husband Brent describes her as someone who has “always had a passion to make a difference and who selflessly donates so much of her time to help those in our community.”
Evelyn will be attending the 2015 Canada’s Walk of Fame Celebration Events, including the star-studded Red Carpet and Broadcast Show on Saturday, November 7 at Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, along with the Inductee Charity Ball presented by Scotia Wealth Management later that evening, where she will be recognized. In addition, she will receive a $5,000 honorarium and a commemorative gift.
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Unsung Hero Criteria:
- Must be 19 years or older and live in Canada.
- Only individuals may be nominated. The honour cannot be awarded to a group or organization.
- An ‘unsung hero’ inspires those around them and demonstrates the true essence of the Canadian identity.
- An individual whose contributions make their community a better place for future generations of Canadians.
- An individual whose work, project or volunteer efforts related to arts, culture or sports serve as a model for members of their community. Nominees for the Honour must be residents in the program market OR the work/volunteering that they do must take place in that market. The contribution for which they are being nominated must have made a significant impact to a cause, a person or a group in that community.
- The work that a nominee does to inspire a nomination may be part of a nominee's job (e.g. a drama teacher, camp counsellor, or social worker, for example) but volunteer work, or the work a nominee does above and beyond their professional role may be considered more valuable during the judging process.
- This honour may be awarded posthumously.
Funding for the Peter Soumalias Unsung Hero Honour has been generously provided in part by:
Gary Slaight, with additional support from Randy Lennox, Dan McGrath, Walter Schneider, Lewis Rusen, Bruce Rothney and Jack Tomik.