Eight more Miltonians of national and/or international stature will be added to the Town of Milton’s Walk of Fame during Ontario Heritage Week in 2022, bringing the total number of inductees to 70.
The Walk of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled to take place on Saturday February 19, 2022 at 2p.m. in the main foyer of Town Hall. Attendance will be limited because of COVID-19 protocols.
The latest inductees are, as follows:
Kwaku Boateng, currently a defensive lineman with the Edmonton Elks of the Canadian Football League (CFL);
Blair Burgess, a highly-decorated professional horse trainer who was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2017;
Robert Burgess, (posthumous), a very successful horse breeder and owner who was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2011;
Steve Condren, one of the most successful standardbred drivers in North America, who was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2011 and Milton’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2020;
Reford Gardhouse (posthumous), who was a very successful livestock breeder and exporter as well as international shorthorn cattle judge who was inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame in 1989;
Jim Ridley (posthumous), a professional baseball player, scout and coach who was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014 and Milton’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2019;
Michael Sgarbossa, a professional hockey player who has played 55 games in the National Hockey League with Colorado Avalanche, Anaheim Ducks, Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals; and
Neil Teague, a multi-award winning national and international softball player and coach best known as a member of Softball Canada’s Men’s National Team who was inducted into Milton’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2019.
Inductions only take place when candidate qualifications permit. The last ceremony occurred in February, 2019.
To be nominated and approved for induction into the Town of Milton Walk of Fame, candidate must meet the following nomination criteria:
- Nominee must be born in Milton or spent formative or creative years here;
- Nominee must have lived in Milton for minimum of 10 years;
- Nominee’s accomplishments must be national and/or international in scope;
- Nominee’s achievement must be best-in-class in his/her best-in-class field of endeavour and extended for minimum two calendar year period; and
- Nominee’s achievement must fit into following fields: athletics, arts and entertainment, business and industry, government and public service and health and science. CR