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Famous Burlingtonians

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Famous Burlingtonians

Adam Creighton

Professional Hockey Player

Born in Burlington where he lived until he was 11 years old, Adam Creighton is a retired professional ice hockey player. As a member of the Ottawa 67’s his team won the Memorial Cup in 1984 and he was awarded the…

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Adam J. Harrington

Actor

Adam J. Harrington was raised in Burlington where he attended Central High School.  He had his first big break came when he was cast in Valentine, a campy horror flick. He has acted in the television drama Whistler,  TURN: Washington’s…

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Adrianne Pieczonka

Soprano Opera Singer

Adrianne was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, and grew up in Burlington, graduating from the Opera School of the University of Toronto. Internationally celebrated for her interpretations of Wagner, Strauss, Verdi and Puccini, Adrianne has brought to life such powerful women…

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Alan Nolet

Olympian - Gymnastics

Alan Nolet represented Canada in gymnastics in the 1988 (Seoul), 1992 (Barcelona) and 1996 (Atlanta) Olympic Games. He also competed at seven World Championships and multiple Commonwealth and Pan Am games. He was inducted into the Burlington Sports Hall of…

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Andrew Lockington

Musician/Composer

Andrew Lockington is a film score composer who was born in Burlington. His work can be heard in films such as those in the Percy Jackon series, ARGO, San Andreas, and most recently Rampage just to name a few. Lockington’s…

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Andrew Stetson

Model

Raised in Burlington, Andrew Stetson is a male fashion model who has appeared in numerous ad campaigns for fashion companies including Armani, Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana. He was also the face for the Calvin Klein fragrance “Euphoria” for three…

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Andy Bartlett

Cartoonist

Andy grew up in Burlington where he attended Nelson High School and graduated from Sheridan College’s Animation Program.  Andy has lived in Vancouver for 20 years and is an instructor in the Character Design, Animation and Film program at the…

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Angela Coughlan

Olympian-Swimming

Angela Coughlan attended M. M. Robinson High School in Burlington and showed promise as a swimmer from a young age. She won a bronze medal as a member of the 4x100m freestyle team at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico…

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Archibald Shearer

Business Leader

Archibald Shearer is the former Executive Director of the Canadian Society of Laboratory Technicians. He is known as a leading authority in his field. Shearer helped guide the development of medical laboratory practice until it became an important part of…

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Arlen Hlusko

Musician - Cellist

Arlen Hlusko attended Nelson High School before moving to Calgary to pursue her passion for music.  Arlen is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she was the Jacqueline du Pre memorial fellow, and a student of both…

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Arthur N. Bourns

Professor Emeritus

Arthur N. Bourns was a Professor Emeritus at McMaster University who also served as President of the University from 1972 to 1980. Bourns is best known for the significant research he  conducted in the field of physical organic chemistry and…

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Ashley Stephenson

Baseball Player

Stephenson is a baseball player and member of Team Canada  who also played collegiate hockey for the Laurier Golden Hawks.  While playing hockey for Laurier her team won OUA championships in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006 as well as the…

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Barb Bunkowsky

Professional Golfer

Bunkowsky family moved from Toronto when the family bought two farms on Cedar Springs Road and built Burlington Springs Golf and Country Club.  She began playing at age 10 and began entering tournaments at age 15.  She received a scholarship…

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Barbara Kristina Schmidt

Researcher

Barbara Kristina Schmidt is known for her work in premature infant care.  Through the course of her career she has led three major clinical trials that were significant to the progression of care for premature newborns.  Additionally, Schmidt has had…

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Becky Kellar

Olympian - Ice Hockey

Becky Kellar Duke is a retired women’s ice hockey player and Olympian and is one of the most decorated hockey players in the world. She began playing ringette and transitioned into hockey and was recruited by Brown University in Providence…

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Bernie Custis

Professional Football Player/Coach

Bernie Custis joined the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1951 and became the first black quarterback in the history of the Canadian Football League. Custis played for the Ticats and the Ottawa Rough Riders and was an all-star quarterback in 1951 and…

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Bert Oldershaw

Olympian - Canoeing

Bert Oldershaw was an Olympic-level canoeist. He began his training at the Toronto Island Canoe Club in 1939 and founded the Mississauga Canoe Club in 1957. Oldershaw was a finalist in the 1948 Olympics in London, the 1952 Olympics in…

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Betty Kennedy

CFRB Broadcaster/Canadian Senator

Betty Kennedy is a Canadian broadcaster, journalist, author and retired Senator. She is best-known as a panelist on Front Page Challenge, Canada’s longest running television program. She joined the program in 1962 and stayed with the show until its final…

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Bill Meyer

Waterpolo - Olympian

Born and raised in Burlington Bill Meyer attended M.M. Robinson High School and was a member of the Burlington Waterpolo Club.  Meyer was a member of the Canadian Waterpolo team from 1977-84.  During that time his team won a bronze…

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Blair Lancaster

Miss Canada

After attending M.M. Robinson high school in Burlington, Lancaster was crowned Miss Burlington and then Miss Canada in 1974.  Lancaster owned the Blair Lancaster Spa and Fashion Agency, both of which operated for over 40 years in Burlington.  Blair also…

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Burlington’s famous personalities have assisted in putting our community on the map. Their contributions to subjects like entertainment, sports, arts, science, and philanthropy have helped to shape their respective landscapes.

Famous Burlingtonians Criteria

  • Has lived for a period of time in Burlington (1 year minimum)
  • Has received national or international recognition in their field and have career longevity (see below)
    • Received Order of Canada or Ontario
    • Professional athlete, coach, trainer or amateur athlete who has won medals in international competitions
    • Radio/TV personalities, actors, musicians, artists, writers, business people, humanitarians who have received national acclaim and awards
    • Historic figures recognized in Canadian history
  • Has been recognized by another local organization for national or international acclaim

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