2014 Awardees


Gordon Cressy

Founder's Award: Gordon Cressy is the President of the George Brown College Foundation and former CEO of the United Way.

Cameron Bailey

Excellence in Arts/Entertainment: Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Itah Sadu

Excellence in Community Service: Itah Sadu is an award-winning children's author, entrepreneur and community volunteer.

Nick Davis

Excellence in Media: Nick Davis is the Manager of program development for CBC Radio.

Elizabeth Sinclair Artwell

Excellence in Education: Dr. Elizabeth Sinclair-Artwell is a superintendant of Education with Peel Region.

Bishop Peter Fenty

Excellence in Religion: Bishop Peter Fenty, is the first Bishop of African descent within the Anglican Church of Canada.

Dr. Patrice Smith

Excellence in Science: Patrice Smith PhD is a professor and neuroscientist, specializing in research in molecular mechanisms mediating repair of the damaged central nervous system.

Steve Kirton

Excellence in Business: Steve Kirton is the President of the Barbados Ball Canada Aid (BBCA) and the former Vice President of Credit Risk Management & Strategic Initiatives at the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).

Sheila White

Excellence in Politics: Sheila White, President of WORDS Media & Communications Inc., is a former advisor the NDP’s Howard Hampton and Andrea Horwath and Mel Lastman, when he was mayor of the former city, North York.

John Mills

Excellence in Parenting: John and Avril Mills are successful parents of Emily, Courtney and Adrine.

Avril Mills

Excellence in Parenting: John and Avril Mills are successful parents of Emily, Courtney and Adrine.

Yahaya Baruwa

Youth Achievement Award: Yahaya Baruwa, 25, is a psychology student and author.

Dr. Ivan Joseph

Excellence in Sports: Dr. Ivan Joseph, Director of Athletics at Ryerson University.

Camille Orridge

Excellence in Medicine: Camille Orridge is the Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Central (TC) Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).

Justice Kofi Barnes

Excellence in Law: Justice Kofi Barnes is an Ontario Superior Court judge.

Dr. George Blake

Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. B. George Blake, a retired clinical psychologist, is also a storyteller and former Buddhist monk.