As posted on the Peterborough Examiner website, June 7, 2012.
The 2012 inductees to the Peterborough and District Pathway of Fame have been announced and, as usual, feature a wide variety of well-known Peterborough and area names.
The induction ceremony will be held at Showplace on Sept. 8 at 10 a.m.
The 2012 honourees are as follows:
GORDON ROPER - Literary
Gordon Roper was a professor of English literature at Trent University (1969-77). His family was rooted in Peterborough, and he was a major scholar of local writers such as Roberston Davies, Susannah Moodie and others. He received the Peter Robinson medal in 2000 for his contributions to Peterborough and its literary history. He was a pioneer in bringing the writing of local authors to life
NEIL BROADFOOT - Visual Arts
The superb works of art of Neil Broadfoot, a Peterborough artist with a wide reputation for his landscapes and wilderness scenes, are found in several private and corporate collections. While he works mostly with watercolours, Broadfoot also works in oils, acrylics and multi-media. His artwork has been featured on the cover of Rider’s Digest, textbook illustrations and in General Motors calendars.
ROBERTA ROWLAND-PATERSON - Visual Arts
Roberta Rowland-Paterson, long-time head of the art department at Crestwood Secondary School is a talented landscape artist. Her education in art was impeccable. In recent years, she has taken exciting painting excursions to France, England, Newfoundland, an Alaska cruise and British Columbia. Her work has become known for its deft use of colour, texture and composition.
AL TYE - Dramatic Arts
Al Tye, a retired computer science professor at Fleming College, has been a dedicated volunteer with the Peterborough Theatre Guild. He directed 13 productions between 1980 and 2010, enjoying outstanding success with Proof (2008). In more than 40 years of association with PTG he was connected with more than 170 productions.
ROBERT JOHN AINSWORTH - Dramatic Arts
Robert John Ainsworth, real estate agent, chiefly based in Peterborough Ontario, has been a successful playwright and member of the Playwright Guild of Canada writing such plays as Dirty Little Secrets, Autumn Leaves and The Mouse House along with producing musicals and children’s plays. The Mouse House won as well for best Canadian play and best production in Eastern Ontario Drama League festivals.
BRENT BAILEY - Musical/Entertainment
Brent Bailey, a professional musician based in Peterborough, mostly known for playing the keyboard and providing vocal accompaniment, both as a solo artist and in bands such as Ronnie Hawkins’ The Hawks, Jericho’s Wall and The Rocket 88s. It is claimed that he can play any rock ’n’ roll song ever made. Jeff Healey, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Band, Kris Kristofferson and Carl Perkins are amongst those he appeared with.
BARBARA MONAHAN - Musical/Entertainment
Barbara Monahan, teacher, singer and musician, notably spearheading the Peterborough Pop Ensemble. She teaches English and music at Kenner Collegiate, her home school, and is the Director of Music at Grace Unite Church. She composed songs and music for the Peterborough Children’s Chorus, the 2011 Pedal for Hope campaign, the 2010 International Dragon Boat Festival, and the 2004 Year of the Veteran amongst others.
TANGLEFOOT - Musical/Entertainment
Tanglefoot, a terrific folk music group, was one of the great sensations of the mid-1970s in Peterborough and area. The group consisted of three elementary school teachers, Tim Rowat, a bilingual Joe Grant and Bob Wagar, who played guitar, fiddle and mandolin and sang tight three part harmony in period dress. They wrote and presented songs they had written about aspects of Canadian history in a style as if they had found folk songs.
JILL AND PETER ADAMS - Community Betterment
Jill and Peter Adams have been a great team working in countless ways to assist people near and far. Jill Adams, a nurse by training, served as president of the Peterborough Theatre Guild and as a long-time chairwoman of the Anson House Auxiliary and as a member of the board for the Five Counties Childrens’ Centre. Peter and Jill have visited Bangladesh, Honduras, India and Uganda on behalf of Sleeping Children around the World. Both are also key volunteers for the Casa de Angelis home.
DAVID EDGERTON - Community Betterment
David Edgerton will always be associated with the long and successful effort to build a Wall of Honour in Peterborough to honour those who served in the military during the two world wars and Korea. This incredible project grew out of his association since 1970 with the Canadian Legion of which he has been an outstanding leader ever since. The Wall of Honour was unveiled in Confederation Square in late 2010, and remains a tribute to all those with local roots who served in three wars.
DOREEN LANDRY - Samaritan
Doreen Landry, aged 90, and the widow of Pathway of Fame member, Doug Landry, has been an active Peterburian since her youth. She volunteered at Peterborough’s hospital , now call the Peterborough Regional Health Centre, for 52 years. Doreen has been an active volunteer with St. John’s Anglican Church, the Progress Wives Club in the 1970s and the Quota Club in the 1980s and 1990s.