Markham has a long and strong history of volunteerism. Each year, the Mayor rewards a nominee over 60 years of age. This senior will have made a unique and outstanding contribution to the Markham Community.

Do you know a senior who’s made an outstanding contribution to the Markham community? Help us show your appreciation! Nominate him or her for this prestigious award.

To qualify, the nominee must be:

  • A Markham resident who has lived here for at least 7 years; and
  • At least 60 years of age (as of January 1, 2019).

How to Apply

Download a 2019 nomination form [PDF] or pick one up at any Markham Seniors Centre and Clubs, major community centre, library or at the Markham Civic Centre.

Nomination Deadline

Friday, September 6, 2019 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST)
See nomination form for details on how to submit completed forms.

More Information

Contact Laura Gold at 905.477.7000 extension 4930 or lgold@markham.ca.

Awards Presentation

21st Annual Mayor's Seniors Hall of Fame Awards (2019) Thursday, October 3, 2019 
Markham Civic Centre, Council Chamber
101 Town Centre Boulevard
Markham, Ontario, L3R 9W3

Previous Winners

21st Annual Mayor’s Seniors’ Hall of Fame Awards (2019) – Thursday, October 3, 2019

The City of Markham celebrated new inductees and nominees to the Mayor’s Seniors’ Hall of Fame at the 21st annual awards presentation on October 3 at the Markham Civic Centre. Some of Markham’s most dedicated volunteers were recognized for their years of service, passion and leadership to make Markham a more vibrant place to live.

The 2019 Mayor’s Seniors’ Hall of Fame Award went to retired track and field athlete and pharmacist, Bill Crothers. In 1963, Bill was named the Lou Marsh Trophy winner as Canada’s top athlete. He also represented Canada in the 1964 Olympics, the 1962 and 1966 British Commonwealth Games, and the 1967 Pan Am Games.

In addition to his participation on several boards within the community including Flato Markham Theatre, Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation, Friends of the Markham Museum, and more, Bill is well-recognized for his work in the community and has been honoured by having Bill Crothers Secondary School named after him in 2008.

Two individuals received this year’s Meritorious Awards – Paul Sayal and Eric Tappenden.

Paul is a business owner and philanthropist who has been a resident of Markham for 45 years. He formed Sayal Charitable Foundation 25 years ago as a philanthropic arm of his business, Sayal Electronics. To this day, the foundation supports various charities across the community. Paul also volunteers for the Markham Stouffville Hospital, the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Markham Food Bank.

Eric has been an active volunteer in the community since 2003. He continues to serve on the Board of Governors at Markham Stouffville Hospital and since 2011, he has been a co-chair of the York Regional Police Advisory Committee and Police Appreciation Committee.

Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to Pam Birrell, Branch Duncan, Pat Howell and Jim Sandiford for their work within the community.

Flowers were also presented to 99 year-old Branch Duncan along with a spontaneous rendition of “Happy Birthday” sung by everyone at the event. Branch will celebrate her 100th birthday on December 6, 2019.

Mayor’s Seniors’ Hall of Fame nominees include: K.S. Ananthan, Andy Cheung, Michael Clare, James Dawes, Virendar Dewan, Donato Fantini, Pravin Gandhi, Carol Janson, John Janson, Shafic Kara, Tian An Liang, Junjin Ma, Peter Miasek, Elizabeth Price, Arul Rajasingam, Leslie Rodrigues, Donald Peter Ross, Don Tom, Shiam Tripathi, and Su Tao Zhang.

The ceremony followed a flag raising by the Community & Home Assistance to Seniors (CHATS) to recognize National Seniors Day on October 1, 2019. Event photos are available at markham.ca/photos.

20th Annual Mayor's Seniors Hall of Fame Awards (2018) — Monday, October 1, 2018

Ken Ng received this year's Mayor's Seniors Hall of Fame Award. Bill Dawson and Judi McIntyre received Meritorious Awards and Certificates of Appreciation were presented to Satya Arora, Ruxuan Tan and Elaine Vollett.

Flato Markham Theatre
171 Town Centre Boulevard
Markham, Ontario, L3R 8G5

View photos from the awards ceremony and reception.

20th Annual Mayor's Senior Hall of Fame Award 2018

19th Annual Mayor's Senoirs Hall of Fame Awards (2017)

Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Markham's seniors committee recognized the winners of the 2017 Mayor's Hall of Fame Awards.

The 19th Annual Mayor's Seniors Hall of Fame Awards were celebrated at the Markham Civic Centre at a very special ceremony on October 2, 2017. John Buie received this year's Mayor's Seniors Hall of Fame Award for his service and volunteering throughout the city. Ross Bowser and Rob Hyland received Meritorious Awards, and Certificate of Appreciation were presented to Vijay Ghai, Lorna Rogers and Helen Walter.

18th Annual Mayor's Seniors Hall of Fame Awards (2016)

Khalid Usman received this year's Mayor's Seniors Hall of Fame Award for his service and leadership in his community. Khalid has been an active member of Markham's Race Relations Committee for years. He was the driving force behind the "Many Faces of Markham" project that promotes mutual respect and rapport between communities. He has also served as the Chairman of York Region's Peace Tree initiative. Khalid has also made significant contributions to the international community. He was one of the founding directors of the Canadian Federation of Intercultural friendship (CFIF).

View photos from the awards ceremony and reception.

2016 18th Annual Mayor's Seniors Hall of Fame Awards

17th Annual Mayor's Seniors Hall of Fame Awards (2015)

John Webster received the 2015 Hall of Fame Award. Following in the footsteps of his ancestors, John has been active in many charitable and not-for-profit causes in Markham. As the Official Town Crier, John represents the City in competitions around the world. A member of the Optimist Club of Markham, John has volunteered with many community organizations and events over the years. He is also a chartered member of the renowned Markham Concert Band. He also chaired both the Golden and Diamond Jubilee Committees.

Anne Nicholson and Ardy Reid received Meritorious Awards. Certificates of Appreciation were given to to Javid Khan, Al Wallis, and Dorothy Reesor.

View photos from the flag raising, award ceremony and reception.

2015 17th Annaul Mayor's Seniors Hall of Fame Awards

16th Annual Mayor's Seniors Hall of Fame Awards (2014)

Betty Bell received this year’s Mayor's Seniors Hall of Fame Award for her tireless work in the community. Betty devoted hours to raising funds for the Breast Health Centre at Markham-Stouffville Hospital and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. She has also been an active volunteer with the Celebration of Hope, the Raffle of Hope, the Culinary Classic Golf Tournament and many other charitable community events. In addition, Betty received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal Award in 2012.

The Meritorious Award recipients were Robert Stiver and Mary Lou Busato. Certificates of Appreciation were given to Jean-Anne Dodge, Ashok Joshi, Carol Smith, and Elaine Wilton.

View photos from the award ceremony and reception.

2014 16th Annual Mayor's Seniors Hall of Fame Awards

15th Annual Mayor's Seniors Hall of Fame Awards (2013)

This year’s recipient was Peter Mason. Carol Wong and Angela Morris received the Meritorious Award. Certificates of Appreciation are given to Barbara Taverner, Bruce Brown, and Louise Mills.

View photos from the award ceremony and reception.

2013 15th Annual Mayor's Seniors Hall of Fame Awards