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).
1. Frank Amyot – Francis Frank Amyot was a Canadian sprint canoeist who competed in the 1930s. He won Canadas only gold medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics, Amyot was born in Thornhill, Ontario. On June 18,1933 Amyot saved Ottawa Rough Riders Dave Sprague and Eddie Bond from drowning, Amyot won Canadas only gold medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics in the C-1 1000m canoeing event. This proved embarrassing to Canadian officials who had refused to pay his way, in 1936, Britannia Boating Club raised money for Frank Amyots Olympic Fund campaign. Although he had seen blueprints, Amyot paddled the Canadian canoe for the first time during the final training stages in Germany. On July 18,1942, Lieutenant Frank Amyot attended a meeting of 17 Britannia Boating Club members, in army and civilian war jobs during World War II, at Holborn Restaurant in London, England. When his body was examined by medical personnel during an autopsy, they found all over his body. Amyot was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1949, in 2012, the Britannia Yacht Club stairwell featured a display with a photo of Frank Amyot and a collection of his trophies Frank Amyot Canadian Encyclopedia Wallechinsky, David and Jaime Loucky. Canoeing, Mens Canadian Singles 1000 Meters, in The Complete Book of the Olympics,2008 Edition
2. Adrian Cann – Adrian Cann is a Canadian international soccer defender. Cann had a college career at the University of Louisville from 2000 to 2003. Cann immediately earned a place in the Cardinals starting lineup as a freshman, starting 20 games for the team, upon graduating, Cann was selected 16th overall in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft by Colorado Rapids. Cann played little for the team, however, and was released midseason because of roster restrictions limiting a teams international players, Cann then signed late in the season with Montreal Impact, but saw little playing time for the team, playing only 256 minutes over 7 games. He stayed with the Impact for the 2005 season and made 15 more appearances for them, on June 29,2008 he signed a four-year deal with Danish football side Esbjerg fB. He was released from his contract in early 2010, Cann underwent a trial with League Two Burton Albion in England before agreeing to a trial with Toronto FC of Major League Soccer in March 2010. Cann signed with Toronto FC on April 12,2010 after ongoing trials with the team and he made his debut for the club against Philadelphia Union April 15,2010. Since joining fellow international Nana Attakora in the centre of defence the Canadian partnership has become one of the strongest in the league. This game was also the first time in which Adrian had the honour of wearing the Captains Armband for Toronto since Dwayne De Rosario was on the bench. On November 18, Adrian was awarded the teams most valuable player of the 2010 season, taking the honour from captain Dwayne De Rosario who won the award in the 2009 season. Following pre-season camp in Turkey and Orlando it was announced by the club on March 2,2011 that Cann had not traveled with the team to Charleston, South Carolina for the Carolina Challenge Cup. However eight days later the club announced that Cann had rejoined the team in Charleston with just over a week before the first regular season game. After a strong early 2011 season from Cann, on May 31 he tore his ACL during a practice on a field with the team. Coach Aron Winter confirmed that he would miss the remainder of the 2011 league season, Cann made his return from injury on April 14,2012 against Chivas USA, the game ended in a 1-0 home loss for Toronto. Cann was released by Toronto on November 15,2012 and he subsequently entered the 2012 MLS Re-Entry Draft and became a free agent after going undrafted in both rounds of the draft. He recorded his first goal on October 9,2016 in 2-1 defeat to the Serbian White Eagles FC, in total he appeared in 8 matches and recorded 1 goal. He made his debut for Canada in a January 2008 friendly match against Martinique, by December 2009, he earned a total of 7 caps, scoring no goals. He has so far represented Canada in 2 FIFA World Cup qualification matches, Cann was also chosen in the 23-man roster for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Canada won Group A with 7 points before being knocked out by Honduras in the Quarter Finals. com
3. Hayden Christensen – Hayden Christensen is a Canadian actor and producer. He began his career on Canadian television at the age of 13 and he was praised for his acting as Sam in Life as a House, which earned him nominations for both the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award. He was also nominated to the Saturn Award for Best Actor and he gained international fame for his portrayal of the young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars, Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Star Wars, Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. Christensen was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, to Alie, an American speechwriter, and David Christensen and his father is of Danish descent, and his mother has Swedish and Italian ancestry. Christensen is one of four children, with a brother, Tove, who is also an actor and producer, an older sister, Hejsa. Christensen was raised in Thornhill, Ontario and he attended E. J. Sand Public School, Baythorn Public School, and Unionville High School in Unionville, Ontario. He was an athlete in school, playing hockey competitively. He spent summers on Long Island with his grandmother, Rose Schwartz. He was discovered when his sister, a former trampoline champion, was searching for an agent after she landed a role in a Pringles commercial. Christensen made his debut in September 1993, when, at the age of 12. The following year, he had a role in John Carpenters In the Mouth of Madness. From 1995 through 1999, he appeared in films and television series, including Harrison Bergeron, Forever Knight, Goosebumps, The Virgin Suicides. However, the performance did not receive public notice. In 2002, Christensen made his London theatre debut with Jake Gyllenhaal, peter Travers of Rolling Stone wrote, Hayden Christensen is sensational as Glass, finding the wonder boy and the weasel in a disturbed kid flying high on a fame he hasnt earned. In 2005, Christensen made his Broadway debut when he appeared briefly in a 10-minute play, in 2005, he took part in the fifth annual 24 Hour Plays benefit, which raises cash for nonprofit groups in the Big Apple. On May 12,2000, Christensen announced that he would be starring as Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars, Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Star Wars, the casting director reviewed about 1,500 other candidates before director George Lucas selected Christensen. Lucas is quoted as saying that he chose Christensen because he needed an actor who has that presence of the Dark Side and this was essential to solidify the story that Lucas was trying to tell, the tragic fall of Anakin Skywalker and the rise of Darth Vader. Lucas agreed, and a suit was engineered to fit Christensens frame and his voice as the robotic Vader, however, was dubbed over by James Earl Jones, who first made the voice famous in the original trilogy
4. Lauren Collins – Lauren Collins is a Canadian actress. She is best known for portraying Paige Michalchuk on Degrassi, The Next Generation, Collins was born in Thornhill, Ontario, the daughter of Sari and Stan Collins. Her father was born in London, England and she has one brother, a copy editor, and her first cousin once removed is Spencer Rice, one of the stars of Kenny vs Spenny. She is a graduate of Thornlea Secondary School, Collins first began acting in 1998, with roles in various television series including Once a Thief, Noddy, and I Was a Sixth Grade Alien. From 2000 to 2001, she had a role on In a Heartbeat before landing the role of Paige Michalchuk on Degrassi. She also portrayed Dereks ex-girlfriend Kendra on Life with Derek and she has also appeared in numerous theatrical productions, playing the title roles in Alice in Wonderland and the production of Annie, and starring in the made-for-television film Virtual Mom. She has been a member of CharActors Theatre Troupe, a community theater company. In 2006, Collins made her film debut in Take the Lead. The following year she appeared in Charlie Bartlett, in 2008, she co-starred in the direct-to-DVD feature Picture This, opposite Ashley Tisdale and fellow Degrassi alumnus Shenae Grimes. After YouTube celebrity Shane Dawson expressed his interest in watching the Degrassi series and she once again worked with Disney Channel and Tisdale on the 2011 High School Musical spin-off feature, Sharpays Fabulous Adventure, playing the role of Tiffani. From 2013 to 2014, Collins hosted MTVs 1 Girl 5 Gays replacing Aliya Jasmine Sovani, Collins stars in the short film ”Zero Recognition”, directed by Ben Lewis, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014. Lauren Collins at the Internet Movie Database
5. Gerald Eaton – Gerald Eaton is a Canadian R&B singer-songwriter and music producer, also known by his stage name Jarvis Church. He is the singer for the R&B-pop group The Philosopher Kings. During the groups 10-year hiatus, Eaton began a career, releasing the album Shake it Off in 2002 under the stage name Jarvis Church. The Philosopher Kings subsequently reunited and released a new album in February 2006, in 2008 he released his second solo album called The Long way Home. In 2001 they were nominated for the producer of the year Grammy and their production team is known as Track and Field, and they also appear on the production credits of Estheros album Wikked Lil Grrrls. Track and Field also produced Canadian rapper Knaans albums The Dusty Foot Philosopher and Troubadour, and he appeared on the song Saturdays by Nelly Furtado on the album Folklore. He scored the music for and appeared on the television series Da Kink in My Hair in 2007,1995 Juno award for best new group. 1996 Socan award for best urban music,2001 Grammy nomination for producer of the year for Whoa Nelly, Nelly Furtado. 2002 Juno for producer of the year for Whoa Nelly, Nelly Furtado,2005 Juno for best hip hop album, The Dusty Foot Philosopher, Knaan. 2005 Socan award for pop music, Powerless, Folklore, Nelly Furtado,2010 Socan number one award for Take a Minute, Troubadour, Knaan Official Website for Jarvis Church Official Website for the Philosopher Kings
6. 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
7. Corey Haim – Corey Ian Haim was a Canadian actor, known for a 1980s Hollywood career as a teen idol. He starred in a number of films, such as Lucas, Silver Bullet, Murphys Romance, License to Drive, Dream a Little Dream and his best-known role was alongside Corey Feldman in The Lost Boys, which made Haim a household name. Known as The Two Coreys, the duo became 1980s icons and appeared together in seven movies, Haims early success led to money and fame. He had difficulties breaking away from his experience as a teen actor and he died of pneumonia on March 10,2010. Haim was born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Judy, an Israeli-born data processor, and Bernie Haim, when Haim was 11, his parents divorced after 18 years of marriage. He had a sister, Carol, and a younger half-brother, Daniel Lee. Not particularly interested in acting, Haim participated in activities, such as ice hockey, playing music on his keyboard. His skills on the ice led to his being scouted for the AA Thunderbirds hockey team, Haims time at North Yorks Zion Heights Junior High lasted until grade eight, by which point he had begun to make a name for himself as a child actor. Haim broke into acting at the age of ten, playing the role of Larry in the Canadian childrens educational comedy television series The Edison Twins, Haims first day of shooting was with Weller, and he went up to compliment the older actor on his performance. Weller collared Haim, throwing him up against a wall to him not to speak to him after a take. Haim later admitted that he was terrified by the experience, Weller later apologized to Haim for the incident and attributed it to method acting, as he was trying to stay in character for the villainous role he was playing. Parker remembered Haims staying over many times with her and her then boyfriend Downey Jr. who taught him how to apply hair mousse, saying, He was naturally gifted, and Robert said, youre comin to live with me. In 1985, Haim appeared in roles in Secret Admirer and Murphys Romance, alongside Sally Field. While rehearsing on a Montreal street, Minnelli taught Haim how to walk like someone with muscular dystrophy, following the shoot, Haim decided he would prefer to play boyfriends rather than sons. At the time, Haims father was acting as his manager, producer Stanley Jaffe approached him to remark on Haims gifts, and recommended that he get an agent in Los Angeles. Haim turned 14 on the set in Chicago, and fell in love with Green, not realizing she was 18, he asked her out in an elevator. Haims unrequited love for Green helped inspire his performance, with the dynamics between them mirrored on-screen. Nevertheless, director David Seltzer noticed that some of his peers, Haim seemed at ease with his burgeoning heartthrob status
8. Hayden (musician) – The classical composer is Joseph Haydn. Paul Hayden Desser who records as Hayden, is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Thornhill and his early works are a largely eclectic mix of genres from grunge to alternative country, as demonstrated by his first full album, Everything I Long For, released in 1995. Since then his work has become more refined. His father is Sherwin Desser, a retired University of Toronto professor of parasitology, Hayden received a B. A. A. in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in 1993. He turned to music after his song Take was selected for CFNY-FMs annual New Music Search competition in 1993, Hayden played guitar on the track and enlisted two friends to sing vocals. Hayden continued to recruit vocalists until 1995 when he began to showcase his grainy baritone, Take has never been officially released on any of Haydens albums. Hayden released an independent cassette, In September, in 1994, released on his own Hardwood Records with distribution by Sonic Unyon, the album was a commercial success. Outpost rereleased the album in the US the following year, also in 1996, Hayden performed both nights of Neil Youngs annual Bridge School Concert, and contributed the title track to the soundtrack for Steve Buscemis film Trees Lounge. For his second album, 1998s The Closer I Get, Hayden worked with big name record producers, including Steve Fisk, John Hanlon. He toured North America with a band, including Josh Malinsky and Mitch Roth of Poledo and Damon Richardson of Change of Heart. However, Outpost was subsequently dissolved due to the decline of alternative rock in the late 1990s. In 2001, Hayden very quietly distributed 100 hand-written, packaged and numbered copies of Skyscraper National Park to friends and this was quickly followed by an additional 1,500 hand-numbered copies, this time with professionally printed liner notes. These copies were sold at live shows. The critical success of these two limited-edition runs led to a commercial release of the recording later that same year. In 2004, Hayden released his follow up album, Elk Lake Serenade and he subsequently released In Field & Town in 2008, and The Place Where We Lived in 2009. In 2010, he produced the album of singer-songwriter Lou Canon. It was his first time producing material for another artist and these were Haydens first live performances since his two-song set at a benefit in Ontario over a year earlier. On February 5,2013, Hayden released his seventh studio album Us Alone on Arts & Crafts
9. Josh Ho-Sang – Joshua Ho-Sang is a Canadian professional ice hockey player for the New York Islanders. He formerly played junior hockey for the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League, Ho-Sang was selected by the Islanders in the first round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. The Toronto Sun described him in June 2014 as a hockey player of immense talent. He said of himself, Im more emotional than most people and that poses a problem for the hockey world. A lot of players are trained to hold their emotions, I love to play an offensive game. I love to celebrate when I score, Ho-Sang is Jewish, and was born in Toronto, Ontario. His hometown is Thornhill, Ontario, a Toronto suburb and he said he has always celebrated the Jewish holidays like Chanukah and the High Holidays with family and friends, as well as Christmas and Easter. When he was 17 years old, Toronto Sun writer Steve Simmons and his father, Wayne, is a black Jamaican professional tennis player from Kingston, Jamaica, whose grandfather is Chinese from Hong Kong. His business analyst mother Ericka is Jewish and was born in Santiago, Chile, to Russian and his father immigrated to Canada from Jamaica at the age of 10, and his mother immigrated to Canada from Chile at the age of 12. His brother Khole is five years his junior, at age 13 in November 2014, Khole was a member of Team Ontario in American football and was slated to play for Canada in the 2015 Snooper Bowl, an international Pop Warner Football competition. As a first degree black belt in taekwondo, he finished second in his category at Nationals in 2014, and was named to Team Ontario and the Canadian national team. Windsor Spitfires general manager and former NHL player Warren Rychel said that Ho-Sangs work when one-on-one against a goaltender was the best he had ever seen, Ho-Sang was drafted by the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League in the 1st round of the 2012 OHL Priority Selection. He was rated a top prospect, in December 2012 he played for Team Ontario at the World U-17 Hockey Challenge. In five games, he had three goals and two assists, Ho-Sang played with the Windsor Spitfires starting in the 2012–13 OHL season. In 2012–13, he was sixth among all OHL rookies with 44 points, in 2013–14, he led the Spitfires in scoring with 85 points in 67 games, adding 3 points in four OHL playoff games. He was recognized for his play when he was chosen to play the 2014 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. On April 5,2014, the OHL suspended Ho-Sang for 15 games from the start of the 2014–15 OHL season, Ho-Sang started the 2014–15 season leading the Spitfires in scoring with 3 goals and 19 points in 11 games. He had 49 goals and 148 points in 141 career regular-season games for the Spitfires and he was traded in November 2014 to the Niagara IceDogs of the OHL for Hayden McCool and three second-round Ontario Hockey League draft picks
10. 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
11. Craig Kielburger – Craig Kielburger, CM, MSM, OMC is a Canadian author, columnist, social entrepreneur, and activist for the rights of children. On April 11,2008, he was named a Member of the Order of Canada by the Governor General of Canada, Craig Kielburger was born in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada. He graduated with a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from Trinity College at the University of Toronto, in 1995, when Craig Kielburger was 12 years old, Craig saw a headline in the Toronto Star newspaper that read “Battled child labour, boy,12, murdered. Kielburger did more research about child labour and asked his teacher to speak to his classmates on the topic. Several offered to help, and the group of pre-teens started Kids Can Free the Children, in December 1995, Kielburger travelled to Asia with Alam Rahman, a 25-year-old family friend from Bangladesh, to see the conditions for himself. While there, he learnt that then-Prime Minister of Canada, Jean Chrétien was travelling to India, after initially being denied a meeting, Kielburger sat with Chretien for a 15-minute meeting to put child labour on the Prime Minister’s agenda, making headlines across Canada and internationally. Upon his return, Kielburger attracted international media attention with features on 60 Minutes and his South Asian trip was documented in his book Free The Children and the Judy Jackson documentary It Takes a Child. Kielburger also co-founded Me to We, an enterprise that donates half its annual profits to Free the Children by selling socially conscious products. The social enterprise donates half of its net profits to its charity, Free The Children. In 2004 Kielburger co-authored a book with his brother Marc, also entitled Me to We and it focuses on explaining their philosophy of volunteerism, service to others and social involvement with contributions by Oprah Winfrey, Richard Gere, Jane Goodall, Desmond Tutu and others. In 2008, Kielburger and his brother were presented with the Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award, for creating Me to We. Along with his brother Marc Kielburger, he writes a column in the Globe and Mail called Ask the Kielburgers. In 2012, Craig Kielburger Secondary School opened its doors in Milton, the school was named for the activist after a campaign by two former and two current students. In June 2010, Kielburger joined CP24, a Toronto-based news television station, as Special Correspondent he interviewed a variety of Toronto citizens and visitors regarding their thoughts about the 2010 G-20 Toronto Summit being held in the city in the weeks following. He also hosts a segment entitled Living Me to We, interviewing local experts on topics related to socially conscious living, in 2000, Kielburger was awarded $319,000 in damages as settlement for a libel suit launched against the now-defunct Saturday Night magazine. The settlement covered Kielburgers legal costs and the remainder was used to set up a trust fund for Free the Children and he participated in the 2015 edition of Canada Reads, advocating for Thomas Kings book The Inconvenient Indian. Honorary degree in law from University of Guelph, honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta. Honorary degree in law from Carleton University, Craig Kielburger Secondary School named in Milton, Ontario, Canada Received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012
12. Cameron Mathison – Cameron Arthur Mathison was born on August 25,1969 in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. Mathison attended Thornlea Secondary School in Thornhill, Ontario and McGill University in Montreal and he graduated in 1993 with a bachelors degree in Civil Engineering. After graduating from McGill, Mathison began working as a model and started acting in commercials in Canada and this led to taking acting classes and the beginning of his acting career in Toronto. Mathison made his film debut in 54. He followed up this appearance with a role in the Canadian independent movie Washed Up. Around this time, December 1997, he was hired to play the role of Ryan Lavery on All My Children filming his first scenes on December 15, Mathison first appeared on-screen in the January 12,1998 episode. Mathison won the Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Male Newcomer in 1999, in 2000, Mathison was named by People magazine as one of Americas 100 Most Eligible Bachelors. On July 27,2002, he married model Vanessa Marie Arevalo, after working freelance with Good Morning America for several years, Mathison signed with GMA in January,2009 as a regular correspondent, while still working full-time on All My Children. Mathison worked on events for GMA, The Oscars, Grammys, Golden Globes, American Music Awards, MTV Movie Awards, MTV Video Music Awards. He also hosted the GMA Live Halloween specials as well as other live events, Mathison was the go to correspondent for entertainment, lifestyle, fitness, and extreme outdoor segments. In August,2011, All My Children went off the air, Mathison continued to work as a host and correspondent for GMA, the Emmy-nominated series Ultimate Proposal, and the renovation reality show Game of Homes. Mathison also continues to act in comedic and dramatic roles. He has appeared on Castle, Desperate Housewives, Hot in Cleveland, Drop Dead Diva, the EXes, in 2014, Mathison joined the Hallmark/Crown Media family. Mathison signed on to appear in 9 movies based on the Murder She Baked novels, in April 2015, Mathison signed with CBSs Entertainment Tonight. He is currently serving as a correspondent and weekend co-anchor for the entertainment newsmagazine. Cameron Mathison at the Internet Movie Database
13. 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
14. 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
15. Peter Polansky – Peter Polansky is a Canadian professional tennis player. He was Canadas top singles player from June 21,2010 until January 17,2011, previously he was also Canadas No.2 from August 4,2008, until June 21,2010. Polansky played Canada F3, F4, and F5 Futures events in June 2004 and he next competed in a tour event as a wild-card in the 2005 Granby Challenger event, losing handily in the first round. He then played Canada F1, F2, and F3, in the autumn, this time earning a 3–3 record. He also reached the final of the doubles for Canada F3, Polansky went 4–3 for Canada F1, F2, and F3 in 2006, this time played in March, and saw his ranking crack the top 1000. Polansky then, as an unseeded Special Entry, proceeded to reach the finals of the US Open boys singles tournament and his run included three-set wins over top seed Martin Kližan in the second round and No.4 seed Donald Young in the semis. He lost the final to No.10 seed Dušan Lojda, Polansky then in late September reached the semi-finals of USA F25. He lost again however in the first round of a Canadian challenger and he finished the year ranked World No.821. Peter began 2007 with a bang as he won three of four Futures in Central America in January, El Salvador F1, Guatemala F1, and Costa Rica F1. He singles ATP ranking consequently rose to No.580 and he played in his first Davis Cup tie, in February and he then went 9–3 in February–March in Futures, including winning USA F6. He lost his first Davis Cup live rubber in April, in 4 sets to Flávio Saretta in a tie to Brazil. From May through September Polansky played on the Challenger circuit, going a respectable 6–7 and his most impressive wins came over World No.106 Danai Udomchoke, as the Thai retired from the match, and World No.119 Kevin Kim. A second straight appearance as a Wild Card at the Rogers Cup ended with the same first round loss, Polansky finished 2007 ranked World No.343. Polansky went 11–3 in the winter Futures tournaments in South America and he won both his matches in the Davis Cup tie against Mexico, including his first over World No.172 Bruno Echagaray handily in straight sets. He then reached the quarter-finals of the Santiago Challenger in late February with wins over World No. ~230 Rajeev Ram and World No.198 Adrián Menéndez-Maceiras. In April, he accounted himself well in Canadas next Davis Cup tie, away to Chile, Polansky then reached the quarter-finals of the Florianópolis Challenger, defeating World No.206 João Souza. He next reached the semi-finals of the Rabat Challenger during the first week of May 2008 and he also defeated World No.120 Teymuraz Gabashvili in mid-May at the Marrakech Challenger, where he reached the second round. All of these results from April on occurred on a clay surface, in May 2008, he participated in his first International Series-level event, as a qualifier, in the Grand Prix Hassan II event
16. 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
17. Michelle Shephard – Michelle Shephard is an investigative reporter with the Toronto Star newspaper in Canada, author and filmmaker. She has been awarded the Michener Award for public service journalism and won Canadas top newspaper prize, in 2011, she was an associate producer on a documentary called Under Fire, Journalists in Combat. She produced the National Film Board documentary, Prisoners of the Absurd, Shephard also co-directed a film based on her book about Omar Khadr. Guantanamos Child, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2015, in June 2015, Shephard was the 2015 recipient of the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy. Michelle grew up in Thornhill, Ontario, and attended Thornhill Secondary School and she began working at the Star in 1995 as a summer student, when she met her future husband Jim Rankin. She is the author of Guantanamos Child, about the ordeal of Omar Khadr in the Guantanamo Bay detention camps. She was also thanked in the foreword of the 2006 book Betrayed, The Assassination of Digna Ochoa by fellow Star reporter Linda Diebel and her second book, Decade of Fear, Reporting from Terrorisms Grey Zone, was published in September 2011. The book was nominated for one of Canadas most prestigious literary awards, so she and two other Toronto Star reporters drove to New York City, arriving at the Ontario/New York State border shortly before it too was shut down. Covering 9/11 began her career as a national security reporter, in 2006, she attended a hostile environment training course in Virginia, in preparation for her overseas reporting. Her foreign reporting from Africa, the Middle East, and Asia has included Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, Djibouti, Kenya, Syria and Dubai. S. The Pentagon lifted the ban following an outcry by various outlets, including the New York Times. The Washington Post condemned the Pentagon for trying to exclude four veteran reporters with a depth of knowledge, along with her husband and Scott Simmie. In April 2008, she co-hosted a lecture entitled The Big Idea, The ICC, American Empire, in April 2013, she delivered the Atkinson Lecture on her years as a national security correspondent. In June 2015 Shephard was awarded the prestigious year-long Atkinson fellowship, the fellowship lasts a year and awards the fellow a grant of $75,000, and up to an additional $25,000 for research, to pursue a public policy issue of their choice. Guantanamos Child, The Untold Story of Omar Khadr, Decade of Fear, Reporting from Terrorisms Grey Zone
18. Stuart Stone – Stu Stone is a Canadian film, television, and voice-over actor as well as a producer of TV/film and music. Stone also has toured as a comedian and rapper and he was also named one of the most influential Canadians of all time in the Macleans magazine 110th anniversary issue. Stone was born Stuart Eisenstein in Thornhill, Ontario and he started his acting career at age 2 and appeared in some Canadian TV commercials as a child actor in Toronto. He made his motion picture debut in Heavenly Bodies as Joey, Samantha Blair s son. Since then, he has guest-starred in many TV series such as Goosebumps, Boston Public and he starred in animated features such as Babar, The Movie and The Magic School Bus as a voice-over actor. He has also done work for Care Bears and voices both main characters in the Canadian cartoon Carl Squared. He also had a role in the cult films Donnie Darko, after graduating high school, he moved to Los Angeles, California to continue his career in acting. Stones hidden talent for rapping was discovered at the first public screening of Donnie Darko at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001, as the projector in a screening caused trouble, he jumped on the stage and started rapping and dancing to audience. He also created his own freestyle character Stu the Jew there, when his accidental rap debut was well received, he got an idea of starting a band to pursue a music career. That was the moment his local LA band The Stone Movement was born, on July 27,2001, the band debuted on stage at the world-famous Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood and had been playing to sold-out audiences on the California club scene ever since. Stone was a lead vocalist in the band and they mixed a little rock and pop and hip-hop and underground to create a whole new brand of music. In 2006, Stone and actor/comedian Jamie Kennedy starred together in the MTV reality show Blowin Up, the album featured guest appearances from Houston rapper Paul Wall and Bay Area rapper E-40, as well as actors Bob Saget and Jason Biggs. Stone has been known to tour off and on with Kennedy on his tours, performing songs from the Blowin Up album, as well as the song The Left One. Shows on this variety are routinely opened by comedian Bill Dawes, Stone recently completed a tour of Iraq and Kuwait with Kennedy, Dawes, B Boy Casper, DJ Joey Nicks, and Paul Wall. Circle Circle Dot Dot recently went to #1 on YouTube, the Lego-themed video sparked new life into the Blowin Up project. As of summer 2008, it is one of the most viewed videos ever on the site, Stone also released his own album, as noted on his internet radio show, TSM Radio. Stu hosted his own show, The Sunday Nite Stu, which was originally broadcast online through Stickam webcasts and his show aired Sundays at 9 PM PST drawing in over 300 thousand viewers monthly. He brought along a variety of guest stars and anyone with a Stickam account could join his live room, the show was the first ever on the Stickam site and in 2012, Sunday Nite Stu celebrated over 10 million viewers
19. 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
20. Dare Wright – Dare Wright was a Canadian–American childrens author, model, and photographer. She is best known for her 1957 childrens book, The Lonely Doll, Wright was born in the Thornhill section of Vaughan, Ontario, Canada, but spent her childhood in the United States, growing up in Cleveland, Ohio. The siblings did not meet again until Dare moved to New York City in her twenties, Wright spent her formative years in Cleveland Heights. Wright graduated from Laurel School in Shaker Heights in 1933 at the top of her class, and relocated to New York to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In 1935, she was cast in a role as a maid in a stage production of Pride and Prejudice. In 1957, she photographed her childhood Lenci doll, Edith, the book made The New York Times Best Seller list for childrens books. In November 2010, The British Newspaper The Guardian named The Lonely Doll one of the 10 Best Illustrated Childrens Books of all time and it was followed by eighteen other stories. Out of print for years, it was reissued in 1998. Make Me Real, which another of Wrights childhood dolls. Dare Wrights photographs were exhibited for the first time in 2012 by Fred Torres Collaborations, Wrights mother died in 1975 and her brother in 1985, which sent Wright into a serious depression and struggle with alcoholism. She remained hospitalized for the five and a half years until she died on January 25,2001 at the age of 86. Doubleday, First time issued in paperback, holiday For Edith and the Bears. Dare Wright Media The Doll and the Kitten, Dare Wright Media Lona A Fairy Tale. Dare Wright Media Edith and the Duckling, Dare Wright Media Edith And Midnight. Dare Wright Media Edith And Mr. Bear, Dare Wright Media The Doll And The Kitten. Dare Wright Media A Gift From The Lonely Doll, Dare Wright Media - Wrights signature b&w photographs evoke a voyeuristic feel. The Lonely Doll Learns A Lesson, Dare Wright Media Make Me Real. The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll, The Search for Dare Wright