Hometown Heroes Award
Finalist - Wayne Scott: Toronto, Ontario
Toronto messenger Wayne Scott was selected as a finalist for Earth Day
Canada's Hometown Hero Award. It's a national award. Although Wayne
didn't win, it's still quite an honour to be selected one of the 9
finalists from across the entire country.
it is well-used cliché, it is no doubt appropriate to say that
Wayne Scott does indeed 'walk the talk.' Wayne has been involved in
Toronto's active transportation industry for the past 24 years, racking
up well over two hundred thousand pollution-free, delivery kilometres
using only his feet, a variety of bicycles and hand carts, and public
Mr. Scott helped to found the HOOF&CYCLE Courier Coalition, which
has gradually become a globally recognized, sustainable transportation
think tank. Working under the title 'Automobile Dependence Reduction
Officer,' Wayne has helped to achieve many victories, including
acknowledgement from the Canada Revenue Agency, that food and drink may
now be used as a tax-deductible alternative fuel source for
human-powered delivery vehicles. Wayne had fought and debated for this
for 18 years.
Additionally, Wayne has worked with Provincial and Municipal
governments to alter unsafe working conditions, environmental policy,
and infrastructure. He was a founding member of the Toronto Pedestrian
Committee, and a former co-chair of that body, attempting to promote
the ecological benefits of a 'walkable' city. Wayne is a member of
Toronto's most venerable pedestrian activist group - 'Feet on the
Street' - and was a member of the CarFree Day Working Group.
Through all these initiatives, Wayne is most comfortable simply
practicing what he preaches, and enjoying the active life that an
alternative form of transportation can deliver. His boundless energy
and dedication to the cause is an inspiration to everyone who yearns
for effective and sustainable urban transportation.
Wayne has been involved in Toronto's active transportation industry for
the past 24 years, racking up well over two hundred thousand
pollution-free, delivery kilometres using only his feet, a variety of
bicycles and hand carts, and public transit.
Earth Day Hometown Heroes are people who have made
significant environmental contributions in their communities. Earth Day
Canada would like to recognize these local heroes and celebrate their
valuable efforts and achievements.
We have launched the Earth Day Hometown Heroes Award Program to find
and honour a 2005 Hometown Hero at our 2nd Annual Gala to be held in
Toronto, Ontario June 2, 2005. Green lifestyle philanthropist,
environmental business trendsetter, conservationist and President and
CEO of Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd., Robert Schad, will present