Roberta Bondar one of Canada’s top women scientists and the first Canadian woman astronaut in space said that the most beautiful thing she saw from space was Canada and her home town of Sault St.Marie. ‘We need more women in sciences and not to let anyone stop girls from achieving their dreams’ she added. Later upon receiving a standing ovation from the audience at the ceremony, the tiny scientist said “And I ain’t done yet!”
Roberta was one of six famous Canadians who were awarded stars on Canada’s Walk of Fame on Oct.1st. They included musician Burton Cummings, actress Sandra Oh, comedian Russell Peters, tennis star Daniel Nestor and the late author Mordecai Richler.
Canada’s Walk of Fame was founded in 1998 and was the brainchild of Peter Soumalias ,who continues to serve as the President & CEO. CWOF was conceived to recognize the achievements and accomplishments of deserving Canadians. Since inception, 131 people have been inducted.
One of North America’s fast emerging top funny men, Canadian comedian and actor Russell Peters knew how to make an impression-arriving late flagged by two lovely ladies on both arms. While the lateness was blamed on Toronto’s noted downtown traffic, the lovelies were a hit. One was his wife Monica Diaz and the second was his ‘super cute’ 9 months old daughter Crystianna. Crystianna immediately charmed the media and stole the show. Russell joked “ I don’t take any credit for this gorgeous being..it’s all my wife’s doing”.
Burton Cummings one of North America’s rock legends already has six Juno Awards, the Order of Canada and 80 platinum and gold record awards for songs such as American Woman and These Eyes. Sporting a shaggy do and his signature moustache, Cummings said that he was still very proud to receive the CWOF star twice ( first time was with The Guess Who in 2001.) “ I don’t think this has ever been done before’. “I loved playing at Massey Hall as well and hope to continue touring for a long time.’ Asked as to what’s next for him, the singer responded “ I have a new book of poetry coming out..look for it”
Daniel Nestor, Canada’s top double tennis player said that he was surprised and happy to be included. He also said that as an immigrant- he came from Serbia in 1976- he was especially proud of Canada. ‘This represents the best of what Canada has to offer . It’s all inclusive and will let new comers achieve their dreams’.
This was a theme echoed by Sandra Oh, who wore a long sleeve,black vintage Ungaro leather dress.“ My parents ,both immigrants from Korea are so proud of me” she quipped.
Florence and Noah Richler- wife and son- accepted the award for the late, great author Mordecai Richler. The author who passed away in 2001, is best known for the Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravits and Barneys Version, both of which have been made into films. When asked what would Mordecai do if he was present, Noah Richler responded smiling ” He would have pushed me out of the way and claimed what was his”.. He also said that he is very happy that his father’s work continues to be relevant and that a new generation of children is enjoying his father’s Jacob Two-Two books.
Drake who accepted the Allan Slaight award for young artists, dedicated his award to his mother saying “ You are the reason I never gave up’.
photo via Canada’s Walk Of Fame