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Walk of fame returns

New names added for the institution's 10th anniversary

Oshawa's own Shirley Harmer, whose entertainment career spanned decades and included a stint as the host of her own show on CBC, was one of three people inducted to the city's walk of fame.

Oshawa’s own Shirley Harmer, whose entertainment career spanned decades and included a stint as the host of her own show on CBC, was one of three people inducted to the city’s walk of fame.

By Graeme McNaughton/The Oshawa Express

A lot can change in a decade. But one thing that hasn’t is the contribution of Oshawa’s residents to those outside of the city limits.

Honoured at a gala hosted by the Oshawa Rotary Club, the names of Shirley Harmer, an internationally known entertainer and actor; Stanley E. Lovell, a business leader, philanthropist and the namesake for Lovell Drugs; and Stephen Poloz, the current governor of the Bank of Canada, will be joining the list of Oshawa residents that have been bestowed with the same recognition in years past with a spot on the city’s walk of fame.

Speaking with The Oshawa Express following the gala, Poloz says he learned a lot in his formative years in the city, which helped him get to where he is today as the country’s top banker.

“Just about anything that comes along that gets in your way, you can make up for it with a little extra hard work,” Poloz said.

“I think that work ethic, really, that’s the fabric of Oshawa. That’s how it feels to me, and it’s certainly the way that I lived it. Just shows you that from a modest – a very modest –  beginning, dreams can come true. It happened to me.”

Poloz adds that even though he is no longer an Oshawa resident, that does not mean he still isn’t a product of the city.

“I’ve been away from Oshawa for a long time, but come back for family things and such. But you know what, the hometown never leaves you.”

For those looking to do something worthy of finding your name on the walk in future years, the nomination process for this latest list of inductees called for those that were born in Oshawa or spent their formative or creative years here, whose actions or accomplishments saw an impact on the city in the way of arts and entertainment, business, heritage, sports, politics, education, research, media, volunteerism or community building.

As well, potential inductees must have at least a decade of experience in their field of expertise, and has gained recognition outside of the city – whether it be provincial, national or international – for their work.

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