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Streetsville Village Square Stage Named in Honour of Gary Clipperton

Mississauga –  The City of Mississauga has bestowed a lasting tribute upon one of its most beloved residents, Gary Clipperton, by naming the Streetsville Village Square stage after him. This decision, announced by Ward 11 Councillor Brad Butt, commemorates Clipperton’s enduring legacy of community service and leadership.

Gary Clipperton, a dedicated school teacher and accomplished athlete, left an indelible mark on the fabric of Streetsville. Notably, he secured victory in the inaugural Vanier Cup with the University of Toronto’s football team in 1965 before pursuing a professional career with the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League. His passion for community engagement saw him become a founding director of the Streetsville Bread and Honey Festival and an instrumental figure in the establishment of the Mississauga Food Bank.

Nadia Paladino, Director of Parks, Forestry, and Environment, emphasized Clipperton’s profound impact on the cultural landscape of Mississauga. His advocacy for the arts led to the founding of Streetsville Musicorp Inc. and its vocal section, JUSTUS, which captivated audiences locally and internationally for four decades.

Clipperton’s dedication to community service did not go unnoticed. In 1984, he was honored with the Bicentennial Award for his exemplary volunteer work, followed by being named Mississauga’s Musician of the Year in 1985. His contributions were further recognized when he was inducted into Legends Row, Mississauga’s Walk of Fame, in 2017.

Tragically, Clipperton passed away on May 2, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of selfless dedication to his community. In celebration of his invaluable contributions, the Streetsville Village Square stage will be officially named in his honor on Friday, June 21. The event promises to be a poignant celebration of Clipperton’s life and the enduring impact he had on Streetsville.

The decision to name the stage after Gary Clipperton reflects the City of Mississauga’s commitment to honoring individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the community. This initiative aligns with the City’s Asset Naming Project, which aims to recognize and celebrate individuals who have left an indelible mark on Mississauga’s cultural landscape.

For more information about the naming ceremony and Clipperton’s legacy, visit the City of Mississauga’s website.

Kelly

Kelly Deschamps is the dedicated City Hall Reporter, bringing forth the pulse of municipal affairs with precision and clarity. With an astute eye for detail and a passion for uncovering the stories that shape urban life, Deschamps delivers comprehensive coverage of local governance. For inquiries or feedback, contact Kelly at kelly.deschamps@gtaweekly.ca

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