Hometown Stars: David Suzuki in Vancouver
On Friday, March 23, 2018, Canada's Walk of Fame honoured 2017 Inductee David Suzuki with a permanent star in his hometown of Vancouver, marking the organization’s first event outside of Ontario in its 20-year history. The Hometown Stars program is a new initiative beginning this year, providing Inductees with the opportunity to celebrate their induction in their hometown, as well as at the annual gala, with a plaque mounted at a special location of their choice.
Dr. Suzuki’s plaque was unveiled at the CBC Vancouver broadcast centre, a location inextricably tied to his long and successful career as a scientific pioneer, educator and environmental advocate in Canada and around the world. A $10,000 donation was also made to the David Suzuki Foundation courtesy of Canada's Walk of Fame, part of a new initiative to provide a gift to the cause of the honoured Inductee's choice.
The event was also a celebration of David's 82nd birthday, with special remarks from friend Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo) and a performance by 2018 JUNO nominees Whitehorse of their song, Emerald Isle. Johnny Michel, Managing Director of CBC Alberta & British Columbia, and Steve Cornish, CEO of the David Suzuki also spoke for the occasion.
Local partners of the event included the Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver, CBC Vancouver and the David Suzuki Foundation.
Canada's Walk of Fame is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year by undergoing a significant transformation designed to deepen its commitment, broaden its impact and build a more meaningful national platform.