Category:People from Thornhill, Ontario
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The following 35 pages are in this category, out of 35 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 35 pages are in this category, out of 35 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Jian Ghomeshi – Jian Ghomeshi is a Canadian musician, writer, and former CBC radio broadcaster. From 1990 to 2000, he was a member of the Thornhill-based folk-pop band Moxy Früvous, as a vocalist, in the 2000s, he became a television and radio broadcaster. Q, which interviews with prominent cultural and entertainment figures. In 2014 and 2015, Ghomeshi was the subject of allegations of harassment or assault and was later arrested. In late 2015, Ghomeshi pleaded not guilty to the charges and he was acquitted of five of the charges on March 24,2016. On May 11,2016 the Crown withdrew the last remaining charge after Ghomeshi signed a peace bond, Ghomeshi was born on June 9,1967 in London, England, to Iranian parents Farhang, a civil engineer, and Azar Ghomeshi. When he was a child, he was teased by classmates, according to Ghomeshi, he grew up in a Muslim household but elsewhere noted that his family was secularist and even celebrated Christmas and Easter. His family moved to Canada when Ghomeshi was seven and lived in Thornhill, since there was not an Iranian expatriate community at that time in Canada, Ghomeshi was extremely self-conscious of his appearance and his East London accent. He attended Thornlea Secondary School, where he was student council president, Ghomeshi described Thornhill as a safe and quiet suburb where conformity was coveted. The dwellings all looked relatively similar on our street, and most of the houses had big lawns and his older sister, Jila Ghomeshi, is a professor of linguistics. Ghomeshi attended York University beginning in 1985 in the program and subsequently graduated with a BA in political science. According to a former York University student, in 1988 residence advisers at York warned a group of students that Ghomeshi had allegedly hit a couple of students, in 1989, Ghomeshi unsuccessfully attempted to overthrow the student government at York. In 1990, he was elected president of the Council of the York Federation of Students with a number of votes. As president, Ghomeshi promised increased funding for the Womens Centre, supported increased safety measures for women on campus and he was credited as Jean rather than Jian on the bands first album but reverted to the original spelling of his name for subsequent albums. Moxy Früvous sold over 50,000 copies of their debut independent EP in 1992 and their debut album Bargainville went platinum in Canada in 1994 after selling over 100,000 copies. Over the course of eight albums, they sold over 500,000 copies of their albums in Canada, Ghomeshi released his first solo EP, The First 6 Songs, in July 2001. A1996 video tape, revealed in 2014, suggested that Ghomeshi disdained his audiences, stating on camera that people paying to see the shows were losers. In 1999, Ghomeshi began a correspondence with a 16-year-old girl, Sally Block and this continued for three years and included in-person meetings where Ghomeshi is alleged to have been handsy with her
2. Milos Raonic – Milos Raonic is a Canadian professional tennis player. He reached a career-high Association of Tennis Professionals world No.3 singles ranking on November 21,2016, coupled with his first ATP World Tour title three weeks later, his world ranking rose from No.152 to No.37 in one month. He was awarded the 2011 ATP Newcomer of the Year, and has been ranked continuously inside the top 20 since August 2012. Raonic is the first player born in the 1990s to win an ATP World Tour title, to be ranked in the top 10 and he has eight ATP World Tour titles. Raonic is the most successful Canadian singles player in history and he became the highest-ranked Canadian male ever on February 21,2011, when he reached world No.37. His career-high world No.3 ranking is the highest by a Canadian man or woman and he is the first Canadian male in the Open Era to reach the Australian Open semifinals, the French Open quarterfinals, and the Wimbledon final. He has more ATP World Tour titles and finals appearances in the Open Era than all other Canadian men combined, Raonic is frequently described as having one of the best serves among his contemporaries. Statistically, Raonic is among the strongest servers in the Open Era, aided by his serve, he plays an all-court style with an emphasis on short points. Every one of his singles titles has won on hard courts. Raonic was born on December 27,1990, in Titograd, SFR Yugoslavia, prompted by the political unrest in the Balkans, and seeking more professional opportunities, his family moved to Canada in 1994 when he was three, settling in Brampton, Ontario. His parents are engineers, his father, Dušan, holds a Ph. D. in electrical engineering, while his mother, Vesna, has degrees in mechanical. Raonics uncle, Branimir Gvozdenović, is a politician in the Government of Montenegro, Raonic is fluent in Serbian and English. He moved to nearby Thornhill, Ontario soon after, and one or two years passed before he asked his parents if he could play again and his father sought out coach Casey Curtis at the Blackmore Tennis Club in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Curtis was at first reluctant to take on Raonic, but was convinced after Raonic demonstrated his commitment by working with his father, years later, Raonic said he chose tennis because of its individuality and felt could train more alone and on a ball machine with dad. Raonic and Curtis worked together twice a day, almost every day, provided that he complete his courses, Raonic was allowed to reduce his hours of attendance at Thornhill Elementary School so that he could practice more, which he did both before and after school. His parents and siblings supported his tennis, taking turns driving him to practice and tournaments, rather, they emphasized school throughout, insisting that he maintain academic excellence as a prerequisite to playing tennis. He attended Thornhill Secondary School, and accelerated his course load—achieving an 82 percent average—so that he could graduate a year early, Raonics four favourite sports teams are FC Barcelona, the Toronto Blue Jays, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Toronto Raptors. He played in the 2016 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game held in Toronto and he worked for Rogers Sportsnet as an analyst while recovering from injury for their broadcast of the 2011 Canadian Open
3. Andrew Wiggins – Andrew Christian Wiggins is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association. He went on to earn NBA Rookie of the Year honors for the 2014–15 season, Wiggins is also a member of the Canadian national team. Wiggins was born in Toronto and raised in the nearby Thornhill neighbourhood of Vaughan and he is the son of former NBA player Mitchell Wiggins, an American, and former Olympic track and field sprinter Marita Payne-Wiggins, a Canadian who is originally from Barbados. His parents met as student athletes at Florida State University and he attended elementary school at Glen Shields Public School in Vaughan. Wiggins began playing organized basketball when he was nine, joining an Under-10 team in Toronto, at the time, he was 5 ft 7 in. Wiggins attended Vaughan Secondary School in Vaughan for his first two years of high school, in his 2010–11 sophomore year, he led the schools AAAA basketball team to a 44–1 record, en route to winning the Ontario provincial championship. In the championship game, he scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, in 2011, he transferred to Huntington Prep School in Huntington, West Virginia. During his junior season, he averaged 24.2 points,8.5 rebounds,4.1 assists and 2.7 blocks per game. As a senior, he averaged 23.4 points,11.2 rebounds,2.6 blocks, Wiggins was named the 2013 Naismith Prep Player of the Year on February 25. He was named the 2013 Gatorade National Player of the Year on March 28 as the top high school player. He was the first Canadian player to be so named, in May 2013, he was named Mr. Basketball USA. He was ranked number one high school player by SLAM Magazine. In April 2013, Wiggins played in the Jordan Brand Classic All-American game in Brooklyn and he scored 19 points and tied Julius Randle for lead scorer for the East team. Wiggins committed to Kansas on May 14,2013, before the announcement, he had narrowed his choices to Florida State, Kentucky, Kansas and North Carolina. Wiggins joined the Kansas team on June 19,2013, Wiggins averaged 17.1 points per game,5.9 rebounds per game, and made 34. 1% of his three-pointers in his freshman year at Kansas. On January 22,2014, Wiggins was named a Top 25 Finalist for the John R. Wooden Mens Player of the Year award by the Los Angeles Athletic Club, on February 28, he was named one of the 10 semi-finalists for Naismith College Player of the Year. On March 8,2014, Wiggins scored 41 points against West Virginia, Wiggins declared for the 2014 NBA draft on March 31,2014. On July 24, Wiggins signed his rookie contract with the Cavaliers
4. Peter Kent – Peter Kent, PC, MP is a Conservative member of parliament for the riding of Thornhill, and the former Minister of the Environment in the 28th Canadian Ministry. Before entering politics, he was Deputy Editor of the Global Television Network and he has worked as a news editor, producer, foreign correspondent and news anchorman on Canadian and American television networks. Kent was born in Sussex, England in a Canadian Army Hospital, both parents serving with the Canadian Army. The family moved to Canada and, after a period in Ottawa, settled in Medicine Hat and his parents were Aileen and Parker Kent. The elder Kent was an employee of the Southam Newspaper Group who retired as associate editor of the Calgary Herald. Peter Kents younger brother, Arthur, is also a journalist, there were three sisters, Adele and Norma and Susan. The latter, an editor and writer, died in 2014. Peter Kent is married to Cilla, a print journalist with South Africas Argus newspaper group for over 26 years. They have a daughter, Trilby, who published her first novel, Medina Hill, Kent was a member of the board of Canadian Coalition for Democracies and has represented them at public events such as a demonstration supporting publication of the controversial Muhammed cartoons. Kent is a member of the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame and he is also a Founding Supporter of Canadians for Defence and Security and was a member of the board of the revitalized ParticipACTION. He was a member of the pro-Israel media advocacy group Honest Reporting Canada. Kent began his career as a radio journalist in the early 1960s and he then moved to television, joining Calgary station CFCN-TV in 1965 and subsequently worked for CBC Television, CTV, Global, NBC and the Christian Science Monitors television newscast. In 1966, he went to South East Asia to cover the Vietnam War as a foreign correspondent. He stayed on to cover the withdrawal of US troops from Vietnam in 1973. Kent returned to Canada and worked as a producer for CBCs The National and, in 1976, as a result of his intervention and descent from The National anchor desk, Kent accepted assignment to the newly created African Bureau of the CBC, located in Johannesburg. The CBC subsequently created protocols to govern Prime Ministerial access to the public broadcaster and they remain in effect today, and the most recent example was the speech made to the country by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien on the eve of the 1995 Quebec referendum. In that testimony Kent—the first journalist to anchor The National—supported Nashs credentials, Kent returned to Canada and the CBC in 1982 as a founding producer, correspondent and occasional co-host of The Journal, hosted by Barbara Frum and Mary Lou Finlay. On January 24,1984, the CBC television program The Journal broadcast a full edition documentary called The Greenhouse Effect and Planet Earth, hosted, narrated, Broadcast more than 27 years ago, this may be one of the first major media reports on the subject
5. Dominic Moore – Dominic Michael Moore is a Canadian professional ice hockey centreman currently signed to the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League. Moore attended both St. Michael Catholic Elementary School and St. Anthonys Catholic Elementary School in Thornhill and he then attended high school at St. Michaels College School in Toronto, followed by Harvard University. Prior to his career, Moore played for the Harvard Crimson in the NCAAs ECAC Hockey conference. In the 1999–2000 season, Dominic joined both older brothers on the Crimson ice hockey team, marking the first-ever brother trio in school history to play at the same time. Moore is currently ranked 11th in all-time scoring at Harvard, also ranking tenth on the schools all-time goal-scoring list, at the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, he was selected in the third round, 95th overall, by the New York Rangers. Continuing his collegiate career, he was named to the NCAA First All-American Team in 2002–03, Moore began his professional career in the 2003–04 season, split between the New York Rangers and their minor league affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League. He made his NHL debut on November 1,2003, against the Montreal Canadiens and he became the second player to score three points in his NHL debut with the Rangers, joining George Allen, who did so in 1938. Moore spent the majority of the season with the Wolf Pack, during the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Moore remained with the Wolf Pack, finishing third on the team in scoring for the year. Moore rejoined the Rangers at the start of the 2005–06 season, through minor line-changes throughout the year, Moore continued his solid defensive play and continued to improve. On July 19,2006, the Rangers traded Moore to the Pittsburgh Penguins in a three-team trade, on February 27,2007, the Penguins traded Moore to the Minnesota Wild for a 2007 third-round draft pick. On January 11,2008, the Toronto Maple Leafs claimed Moore off of waivers from the Wild and his debut with the Maple Leafs came on January 12,2008, against the San Jose Sharks. He was assigned to centre Torontos top scoring line alongside left winger Jason Blake, on March 4,2009, Moore was traded by Toronto to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a second-round draft pick. At the end of the 2008–09 season, he finished with career-highs in goals, on October 4,2009, Moore signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Florida Panthers. Halfway through the season, on February 11,2010, he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a draft pick in 2011. Becoming a free agent following the season, Moore signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning on a two-year, for the second-straight year, Moore reached the Eastern Conference Finals, though his team again was defeated, this time to the eventual Stanley Cup champions, the Boston Bruins. On February 10,2012, during the 2011–12 season, Moore was fined $2,500 for an infraction that injured the New York Rangers Ruslan Fedotenko. On February 16, Moore was traded to the San Jose Sharks, along with a draft pick. With the trade, it marked Moores ninth NHL club and the time in his career he has been traded
6. Anne Murray – Morna Anne Murray CC ONS, known professionally as Anne Murray, is a Canadian singer in pop, country, and adult contemporary music whose albums have sold over 55 million copies worldwide. Murray was the first Canadian female solo singer to reach No.1 on the U. S. charts and she is often cited as the one who paved the way for other international Canadian success stories such as k. d. lang, Céline Dion and Shania Twain. She is also the first woman and the first Canadian to win Album of the Year at the 1984 Country Music Association Awards for her Gold-plus 1983 album A Little Good News. Murray has received four Grammys, a record 24 Junos, three American Music Awards, three Country Music Association Awards, and three Canadian Country Music Association Awards. She has been inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, the Juno Hall of Fame, and The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame. She is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame Walkway of Stars in Nashville, in 2011, Billboard ranked her 10th on their list of the 50 Biggest Adult Contemporary Artists Ever. Morna Anne Murray was born in the town of Springhill. Her father, James Carson Murray, was the town doctor and her mother, Marion Margaret Murray, was a registered nurse who focused her life on raising her family and community charity work. Murrays father died in 1980 at the age of 72 from complications from leukemia and her mother died April 10,2006, at the age of 92 after suffering a series of strokes during heart surgery. After expressing an early interest in music, she studied piano for six years, by 15 she was taking voice lessons. Every Saturday morning, she took a bus ride from Springhill to Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, One of her earliest performances was of the song Ave Maria at her high school graduation in 1962. Following high school, Murray attended Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax for one year and she later studied Physical Education at University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. After receiving her degree in 1966 she taught physical education at a school in Summerside, Prince Edward Island. In 1965, Murray appeared on the University of New Brunswick student project record The Groove and she sang two songs on the record – Unchained Melody and Little Bit of Soap. On the label her name was misspelled Anne Murry, while there, she was encouraged to audition for the 1960s CBC musical variety television show Singalong Jubilee, but was not offered a singing position. Two years later she received a call from Singalong Jubilee co-host and associate producer, Bill Langstroth, following that second audition, Murray was cast for the show. After a summer of singing in venues across the Maritimes, Murray began teaching physical education at the high school in Summerside. After one year of teaching, she was offered a spot on the television show Lets Go, and returned to Singalong Jubilee