2007 Inductees

Djanet Sears

        Djanet is a playwright and director and is the winner of numerous literary awards. She is the recipient of the Stratford Festival's 2004 Timothy Findley Award, as well as Canada's highest literary honour for dramatic writing, the 1998 Govenor General's Literary Award.  She is the the playwright and director of "Harlem Duet" which won multiple Dora Awards. This production was workshopped at the Joseph Papp Theatre in New York City where Djanet was the international artist -in-residence in 1996.

        Her other honours include: the 1998 Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award, the Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award, the Harry Jerome Award for Excellence in the Cultural Industries and a Phenomenal Woman of the Arts Award.. Her most recent work for the stage, The Adventures of a Black Girl  In Search of God, shortlisted for a 2004 Trillium Book Award and enjoyed a six month run as part of Mirvish Productions.  Her other plays include Afrika Solo, Who Killed Katie Ross and Double Trouble. Djanet is the driving force behind the AfriCanadian Playwrights' Festival, and a founding member of the Obsidian Theatre Company. She is also the editor of Tesityin': Contemporary African Canadian Drama, Vols. I & II, the first anthologies of plays by playwrights of African descent in Canada.

        Djanet is currently an adjunct professor at University College, University of Toronto and the writer-in-residence at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto..

David Kantor

        David was an academic scholar and athlete at Blakelock and later at Queen's University. While at Queen's, he was a CIAU All-Canadian in volleyball. In the school years 1994-95 and 1995-96 David won the Top 10 Academic All-Canadian Award. In 1996, he also won the TSN Award, presented to one university volleyball player across Canada who demonstrates great academic and athletic achievement combined with community service.  David was named Queen's Male Athlete of the Year in 1996. In 1996, he graduated with a degree in civil engineering.

        David is also a former member of the Canadian volleyball team (1997-2001). In 1999, Canada won a Bronze Medal at the Pan Am Games. During his career with Team Canada, David also played on professional volleyball clubs in Holland, Belgium, Spain and Germany. After retiring from volleyball, David began working in the environmental engineering field. David chaired the fundraising sub-committee for the Oakville Hosting Committee of World Youth Day (2002) and is the co-founder of the Oakville Catholic Youth Organization. Currently David, along with his wife, Gillian, are planning a mission trip across the world in 2008, with stops in Europe, Israel, India and ending in Sydney, Australia where they will be volunteering for World Youth Day, 2008.