On June 3rd, 2017 Mississauga Legends Row unveiled their “Walk of Fame” located at Celebration Square by the Jubilee Garden. Twenty-seven inductee plaques were unveiled with many of the inductees in attendance.
Guests were invited to a reception in City Hall’s Great Hall where they mingled with the inductees in attendance. Among those happy to engage with the guests were Johnny Bower, Paul Henderson, Tommy Hunter, Gil Moore, Chuck Jackson and MAC founder Laurie Pallett, to name just a few.
Once outside, guests were entertained by Taylor Made Music with Lady Son before the festivities began.
The official ceremonies began with a Parade of the Alumni, ushered in by Bagpiper Alan Comley and Mayor Bonnie Crombie along with Chancellor Hazel McCallion.
Nikki Shawana, First Nations Hoop Dancer, performed a beautiful Indigenous hoop dance blessing to open the ceremony.
And as always when hosting, Jake Dheer was a wonderful Master of Ceremonies.
Mayor Bonnie Crombie gave a moving speech on how Legends Row began and thanked Ron Duquette, President and Founding Director, for his vision, dedication, and resolve to the project. The Mayor proceeded to present Ron with a certificate and Legends Row Chairman of the Board Norm Loberg announced that Ron’s efforts would be recognized with a commemorative plaque on Legends Row “Walk of Fame”.
Visibly moved, Ron Duquette spoke of his vision and his hopes for the future of Legends Row, encouraging fellow Mississaugans to nominate a deserving individual. Legends Row recognizes accomplished Mississauga Citizens, celebrates our heritage and he hopes it will inspire tomorrow’s leaders. He then revealed that Chancellor Hazel McCallion would be inducted into Legends Row this coming November. This announcement was met with resounding applause and great excitement from the crowd.
After a Legends Row Board ribbon cutting ceremony, Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Chancellor Hazel McCallion, along with Ron Duquette, cut open the banner and officially opened Legends Row.
Legends and their guests were invited to wander the newly opened Legends Row “Walk of Fame”, take pictures, and share stories.