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Wilson joins Walk of Fame as unsung hero

Evelyn-Wilson

Evelyn Wilson -Canada Walk of Fame photo

Canada’s Walk of Fame announced today that Evelyn Wilson, of Carrying Place, is the first recipient of the Peter Soumalias Unsung Hero Honour.

The award was launched earlier this year to recognize a special Canadian whose outstanding work in the arts, culture or sports positively impacts their community and inspires the next generation.

“I am shocked and very honoured to have been chosen,” said Wilson. “I am thankful for the great community we live in that supports all I do and provides a great place to live and volunteer.”

She calls volunteering a great way to enjoy life.

“Helping others brings a smile and knowing that one person can make a difference is a great thing. You don’t have to have money to volunteer, just yourself.”

Chosen by the Canada’s Walk of Fame board of directors, Wilson has been invited to attend the 2015 Canada’s Walk of Fame Celebration events, including the star-studded red carpet and broadcast show on Saturday, Nov. 7 at Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, and the Inductee Charity Ball that evening where she will be recognized. She will receive a $5,000 honorarium and a commemorative gift.

The Peter Soumalias Unsung Hero Honour was created in recognition of Canada’s Walk of Fame Founding Director, Peter Soumalias, paying tribute to his dedication and commitment in celebrating Canadian excellence.

A devoted mother and wife, Evelyn is also a caregiver to her community. Her husband Brent describes her as someone who has “always had a passion to make a difference and who selflessly donates so much of her time to help those in our community.”

Some of her most remarkable contributions come through her own family tragedies. She lost her twin brother to cancer when she was six years old. In 2010, life once again turned upside-down when she lost her 15-year-old daughter Katie to cancer, just eight months after she was diagnosed. Then, her father-in-law was diagnosed with ALS.

She remains a source of comfort and support for others in her community who are experiencing similarly difficult times. She is committed to raising funds for local families who have to travel anywhere from 100-300 miles to seek treatment for their child with cancer. She leads a bereaved mothers support group and is a motivational speaker at various events where she shares her story and promotes childhood cancer awareness through Pedal for Hope and she is one of the main community organizers for the local “Walk for ALS”.

In addition, she is involved with a group that is working to save their local hospital, she volunteers within the community through coaching and assisting sports teams, and volunteers at local schools, churches and other charity events.

“Evelyn has worked through her tragedy to make a profound impact on the lives of others and is an inspirational example of the power of endurance,” said Melanie Hurley, CEO, Canada’s Walk of Fame. “Whether she’s fundraising to acquire new supplies, computers, and sports equipment at the local school or providing strength and compassion to other mothers who have lost a child, Evelyn is someone who clearly gives of herself to make her community a better place. We are proud to honour Evelyn by telling her story.”

The Canada’s Walk of Fame broadcast show, is to be televised Dec. 17.

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