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Canada’s Walk of Fame Honours Six-Time Olympic Medalist and Four-Time World Champion CINDY KLASSEN with a Hometown Star in Winnipeg, Manitoba

 

MEDIA ADVISORY

 

Canada’s Walk of Fame Honours Six-Time Olympic Medalist and Four-Time World Champion CINDY KLASSEN with a Hometown Star in Winnipeg, Manitoba

 

- Monday, July 11, 2022 -

 

The public celebration takes place at The Fort Garry Hotel, featuring

special guests, musical performances and a commemorative plaque unveiling

 

WHAT:       2019 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Cindy Klassen is an Olympic star. In 2006, the long-track speed skating world champion dominated the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, to become the first female speed skater and the first Canadian female athlete to win five medals in a single edition of the Olympic Games.

 

On Monday, July 11, the six-time Olympic medalist and four-time World Champion returns home to Winnipeg for a special Hometown Star, presented by Cineplex, in honour of her induction to Canada’s Walk of Fame. The Hometown Stars initiative launched in 2017, providing all future Inductees with an additional opportunity to celebrate their induction in their hometown with a free public celebration featuring a commemorative plaque unveiling (to be mounted at a unique location of their or their families’ choice), special guests, and musical performances.

 

As part of their induction to Canada’s Walk of Fame, each Inductee receives a $10,000 donation to the charity or cause of their choice. Cindy Klassen has selected Airdrie Pregnancy Care Centre and Mennonite Central Committee (Manitoba Branch) as the beneficiaries, each receiving $5000 of this donation.

 

Following Cindy’s Hometown Star presentation, Canada’s Walk of Fame will celebrate fellow Manitoban and 2019 Inductee Jim Treliving in Virden, Manitoba, with a Hometown Star unveiling beginning at 5:30pm at The Aud.

 

WHEN:      Monday, July 11

11:30 a.m.                                     Media Sign-In. CLICK HERE to RSVP or to request photography post-event..

11:45 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.                Public Celebration and Presentation: 

Canada’s Walk of Fame Hometown Star Unveiling by Cindy Klassen, 2019 Inductee

12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.                Media interviews / photo op (media pool feed will be available)


WHERE:     THE FORT GARRY HOTEL (Concert Room)

222 Broadway, Winnipeg, Manitoba

 

WHO:        Cindy Klassen, 2019 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee and Guest of Honour

Jeffrey Latimer, CEO, Canada’s Walk of Fame

Jim Treliving, TV Dragon and 2019 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee

Mayor Brian Bowman (Winnipeg)

Dan McGrath, Chief Operating Officer, Cineplex and Member of Canada’s Walk of Fame Board of Directors

Darryl Loewen, Executive Director, Mennonite Central Committee (Manitoba Branch)

Carleen Koop, Centre Manager, Airdrie Pregnancy Care  (via recorded video message)

 

PERFORMANCES:        Beverley Wynne, the anthem singer at the Winnipeg Goldeyes games, will perform the national anthem.

Multiple-award-winning singer/songwriter Steve Bell will perform as part of the presentation. The Winnipeg-based artist's songs were an inspiration for Cindy during the 2006 Winter Olympics, and his music continues to inspire her today. Among his 30-year solo career achievements are two JUNO Awards, several GMA Canada Covenant Awards and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

 

ABOUT: Canada’s Walk of Fame is the preeminent national not-for-profit organization that inspires Canadians by proudly shining a light on extraordinary achievers and their journeys, with over 200 inductions in the past 24 years. Canada’s Walk of Fame Hometown Stars, presented by Cineplex, is an initiative that launched in 2017, providing all Inductees going forward with an additional opportunity to celebrate their induction in their hometown with a plaque mounted at a unique location of their, or their families’, choice. This program is designed by Canada’s Walk of Fame to deepen its commitment, broaden its impact and build a more meaningful national platform. Hometown Stars to date include: David Suzuki, CBC Vancouver, Vancouver, B.C.; Viola Desmond, Halifax Ferry Terminal, Halifax, N.S.; Stompin’ Tom Connors, The Stompin’ Tom Centre, Skinners Pond, P.E.I.; Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, Point Grey Secondary School, Vancouver, B.C.; Jimmy Pattison, Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, B.C.; Col. Chris Hadfield, King George VI Public School, Sarnia, ON; Scott Moir, Heritage Park, Ilderton, ON; Tessa Virtue, Budweiser Gardens, London, ON; Andy Kim, Montreal, QC (to be placed); Bruce Cockburn, Ottawa (to be placed). Visit www.canadaswalkoffame.com.  

 

Media Contact: Adrienne Kakoullis, akakoullis@risepr.ca / 416-450-6637

 

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