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The Walk of Fame Just Got Bigger

Mike Caruso for local2 sault ste. marie
September 16th, 2011 at 8:01pm



The Walk of Fame inductions were held on Friday afternoon. Three deserving people were honoured by the City and the Downtown Association for their accomplishments. This brings the number of inductees to 31 in the six year history of the Walk of Fame.

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Trixie Hardy was honoured for the promotion and strengthening of the arts and enhancing cultural development in our city.

LCol. Walter Wallace was recognized for his community-mindedness and humanitarian efforts.

Tanya Kim was recognized for her contribution to the entertainment industry as well as her philanthropic interests.


LCol. Walter Wallace

Walter Wallace’s life-time was a testament to a person who embraced community-mindedness and humanitarian efforts. Whether it was in the military, as a 30-year educator or his involvement with youth or community enrichment, he achieved results and was a mentor to others along the way.

Walter was born in Sault Ste. Marie and grew up in Wawa. He later attended Lakeshore Teachers’ College in Toronto and upon graduating, in 1965, he returned to the Sault Ste. Marie Public School Board as a teacher. Over the years he taught junior and intermediate grades before becoming a principal of William Merrifield V.C. Public School, from where he retired in 1998.

His long standing involvement with the military started as an Air Cadet while attending high school in Wawa. He joined the 49th Sault Ste. Marie Field Regiment in 1969. He was promoted to Major in 1976 and appointed Battery Commander followed by various District Headquarter staff positions and eventually appointed Deputy Commander of the 49th Field Regiment, RCA. In 1984, Walter was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and appointed Commanding Officer of the 49th. After completing his tour of Command, in 1989 he was transferred to directing staff, Militia Officers Staff course conducted in Toronto and at the Military Staff College in Kingston.

In 1995, LCol. Wallace was then posted to Northern Military District as Senior Staff Officer, then appointed District Commander overseeing the transition from Militia Districts to Brigades. With the close out of Northern District Headquarters he became Deputy Commander of 33 Brigade until compulsory retirement age in 1998. Upon his retirement he was appointed a member of the 49th Field Regimental State.

LCol Wallace was also involved with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25. He served three terms as their president plus chaired several committees include Zone H-4 Youth Education Committee, Portraits of Valour project and Sacrifices of Service. His love of history saw him become involved with the Historical Society and Museum boards, and he played a significant role in two local projects - to ensure memories of WWII veterans were recorded. It seems appropriate that his Walk of Fame leaf is placed in close proximity to the Memorial Tower, a historical landmark he played a great role in preserving.

His humanitarian efforts also saw him involved with Sault Hockey Club board of directors, Sault Athletics Track and Field Club, Canadian Diabetes Association, St. John Ambulance and Crime Stoppers.

Walter is being recognized in the 2011 Walk of Fame for his community-mindedness and humanitarian efforts. This is a posthumous award as Walter passed away earlier this year (2011).

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Tanya Kim
Widely recognized as an anchor for CTV’s etalk, Tanya Kim is more than just one of Canada’s most familiar television personalities. Born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Tanya’s passion extends beyond entertainment and celebrity culture.

Classically trained as a pianist and dancer, this broadcast journalism student started her career at Much Music. She then went on to become the music reporter for CTV’s The Chatroom and then special correspondent for the first two seasons of Canadian Idol.

Tanya has hosted red carpet events such as the Academy Awards, Juno Awards and Grammy Awards. She’s also reported on entertainment news from the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games for CTV. In 2005, TV Guide ranked Tanya second in a list of “Canada’s Top 10 newcomers on the verge of a major breakout.” She also received two Toronto Sun Readers Choice Awards for Entertainment TV Reporter and has made special appearances in Degrassi: The Next Generation, Instant Star, Glitter and Puppets Who Kill.

Recognizing the real importance of philanthropy, Tanya supports charities that are close to her heart, including Blessings In A Backpack, CARE Canada & MusiCounts. She travelled to Zambia in 2008 as the national spokesperson for CARE Canada and is Director of Blessings in a Backpack, a program that provides meals for school-aged children in Canada and the US.

Whether she’s covering glamourous events around the world, meeting with A-list stars, or gracing the covers of magazines, Tanya always credits her family and home as a source of pride and inspiration.

Tanya Kim is being recognized on the 2011 Sault Ste. Marie Walk of Fame for her contribution to the entertainment industry as well as her philanthropic interests.

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Miss Trixie Hardy

As the daughter of former vaudeville performers, in England, Beatrice – better known as Trixie - came by her talent naturally. Having started dance lessons at age two, her commitment to her art was apparent from an early age. When she arrived in Sault Ste. Marie in 1948, Miss Hardy opened a dance studio almost immediately at the old Moose Hall with six students. Over the next 58 years, she taught thousands of children from both Saults and all over Canada.

Many of her students have gone on to their own careers as dancers, actors, singers or Teachers of Dance. Many of the dance studios that are established today in the Sault were founded by her former students including Davey Dance Company; Sherry Walsh Academy, Soo Dance Unlimited as well as the former Kiana School of Dance Arts, Shelley Peters and Judy Ross Dance Arts.

In addition to teaching, Miss Hardy also produced and directed a number of theatrical performances, shows and musical comedies. Performances and comedies she was involved in included the Musical Comedy Guild, Soo Opera Society as well as the Algoma Steel Variety and Minstrel shows of the 50s and 60s.

Miss Hardy is a Fellow of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing, honourary Member of Dance Masters of America and the Canadian Dance Teacher Association. As an Examiner Emeritus, Miss Hardy has been recognized nationally and internationally for her excellence in teaching, adjudication and lecturing. She is the past recipient of many awards recognizing both her accomplishments and contributions.

Today we honour Miss Hardy with a granite maple leaf in the Sault Ste. Marie Walk of Fame. She is being honoured for the promotion and strengthening of the arts and enhancing cultural development in our city.


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