Phil Green Award
Is there a Cyclist in Your Neighbourhood Deserving of the Phil Green Award?
The City of Mississauga created the Phil Green Award in recognition of the outstanding work done by Phil Green in promoting safe cycling and sustainable transportation in Mississauga. The Phil Green Recognition Award is presented annually by the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee (MCAC) to a person or group who has demonstrated exemplary effort to the cause of promoting or furthering cycling or other forms of sustainable transportation in the City of Mississauga.
Submit a nomination before Monday, November 30, 2020.
**Nominations can be also be sent by mail or email to addresses listed on the form. To submit directly using the form, it must be downloaded and completed using Adobe Acrobat.
Nominations will be reviewed by the MCAC who will also select the winning candidate. The winner will receive the award at a City Council meeting this fall.
On November 14, 2019, Mississauga City Council awarded Ray Marentette with the Phil Green Recognition Award for 2018. Ray began Mississauga’s first Slow Roll program in Port Credit. This is a casual group ride for riders of all levels and ages who cycle together on a biweekly basis.
“Ray is a shining example of a resident who is a self-starter and a leader in promoting cycling,” said Ward 3 Councillor Chris Fonseca, Chair of the MCAC. “He has more than tripled participation in his Port Credit Slow Roll from 13 people on his first ride to having an average of 50 riders. He has also encouraged others to begin a Slow Roll in Streetsville. He is an exceptional role model who has encouraged so many people to get on their bikes and give it a try.”
On September 13, 2017 Mississauga City Council awarded Nicole Hanson the 2016 Phil Green Recognition Award. The Mississauga resident is a strong advocate for active transportation in the city.
“Nicole is an inspiration and role model for the everyday cyclist. She rides this one-of-a-kind bike bursting with plastic flowers to get people smiling,” said Donnie Morris, former Chair of the MCAC. “Hanson has been riding her bike since she was six-years old and continues to explore new routes to navigate around the city.”
Morris explained that Hanson can be seen riding her commuter bike along the Lakefront Promenade and is extremely passionate about furthering active transportation options in the Lakeview and Cooksville neighbourhoods where she grew up.
On September 10, 214 City Council awarded Frank Toth with the Phil Green Recognition Award for 2013. The Mississauga resident is committed to keeping fit and spreading the word about active transportation in the city, especially among older adults.
“Frank Toth is the epitome of an active older adult,” said Jeff Wachman, former chair of the MCAC. “He is a remarkable example of someone who is determined to keep seniors active through cycling and walking in Mississauga. He is also a volunteer on Community Rides and through his own social group – the GTA West Outdoors Group which plans various walking and cycling events.”
Wachman explained Toth cycled as a child but stopped after an accident when he was 10-years-old. He got back on a bike when he was 71 and hasn’t looked back since. Today at 78-years-old, he is committed to encouraging older adults to keep fit by maintaining an active lifestyle.
George Douzenis, Mississauga resident and teacher at Glenforest Secondary School, received the 2011 Phil Green Recognition Award from the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee (MCAC) for his strong advocacy for cycling in the community. Douzenis has been a pioneer in raising cycling awareness and was instrumental in creating a school-wide cycling culture by encouraging students to participate in Smart Commute Mississauga’s Bike to Work Day.
“Mr. Douzenis is a role model and cycling ambassador for his students, colleagues and community members,” said Jeff Wachman, former chair of the MCAC. “Advocates like George inspire future generations of cyclists and enhance the efforts of our committee.”