The East York Hall of Fame will honour its five new inductees with a special celebration on Thursday, June 22.
The five inductees for the year 2022 are Peter Silverman, Kam Babulal, Alan Redway, Phillip Anthony and Bob MacDonald.
The inaugural inductee into the East York Hall of Fame was legendary Canadian comedian and actor John Candy.
The June 22 induction ceremony will take place at Jawny Bakers Restaurant, 804 O’Connor Dr., starting at 6 p.m. Tickets to the event are $70, with a portion of proceeds going to East York Meals on Wheels and the Bethany Baptist Food Bank.
To purchase tickets, please go to https://bestofeastyork.com/ or contact East York Hall of Fame president and board member Justin Van Dette at 416-697-5832.
Toronto-Danforth Councillor Paula Fletcher said the East York Hall of Fame celebrates the legacy of East York and keeps the former borough’s identity going strong.
“East York has never lost its unique spirit and identity – through amalgamation and the birth of the megacity it had its own strong voice. It has produced numerous leaders, from local to global, who continue to inspire and a new generation of citizens is carrying on that tradition,” said Fletcher.
The five inductees are being honoured for their many and differing contributions to East York.
Philip Anthony – born and raised in East York, was instrumental in the rollout of the East Toronto Health Partners COVID-19 immunization plan for the entire East Toronto area.
In the spring of 2021 he also took on the role of co-lead of the Toronto Mobile Vaccine Strategy to help get those living and working in “high-priority” neighbourhoods vaccinated. “He took care of our city – especially vulnerable East Yorkers in their greatest time of need,” said the East York Hall of Fame.
Kam Babulal – has always believed in service to her community. She has lived in East York since 1975 and is well-known as a caring and compassionate community leader.
She is best known as the volunteer organizer of the East York Seniors Christmas Day Dinner, which she has been looking after for the past 25 years. Babulal also volunteers with the East York Soccer Club, William Burgess School, an Out of the Cold program, the food bank and breakfast programs at Calvin Baptist Church, and the community garden at the East York Community Centre.
Peter Silverman – a distinguished journalist and proud East Yorker who was also the author of two books on child protection.
Silverman, who died in October of 2021, was known for his fearless journalism against fraudsters on behalf of those in need through his Silverman Helps segments on CP24 and CityNews.
“He successfully took on big companies on behalf of complainants who could not get compensation or justice through their own endeavours,” said the East York Hall of Fame.
Alan Redway – a former Mayor of East York and MP for the area, he has had a long career in both politics and community service.
He grew up in East York and “has dedicated his life to helping others,” said the East York Hall of Fame.
Redway was on East York Council for 10 years, six of them as mayor. He then served as MP for 10 years. He is considered the founder of the community celebration East York Day, and also the East York flag. Redway also made it a priority to expand the number of seniors homes in East York and is a supporter of government investment in supportive housing.
Bob MacDonald – is know throughout the Topham Park community as “Bottle Bob”. A 50-year resident of Topham Park, he has been visiting homes for 20 years collecting refundable cans and bottles to help raise funds to support community initiatives such as minor sports teams, schools and daycares. It is estimated he has raised well over $100,000 through his efforts. Personally, he has also supported many local causes as well including Covenant House. MacDonald also helps with building the ice facilities in Topham Park, as well as keeping in touch with older residents through his visits.
“Everyone in Topham Park has a friendly word or wave for him as he makes his rounds,” said the East York Hall of Fame.
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