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.
On March 30, 2022, the City of Mississauga awarded Peter Collins with the 2021 Phil Green Award. As an experienced bike mechanic at Cyclepath Mississauga, Peter volunteered his time in 2021 to rebuild and repair more than 200 bikes to support the Grow, Lead, Excel (G.L.E) Movement – a program through a Mississauga high school that provides free bikes to youth in Malton. He also volunteered his time hosting a pop-up bike repair shop in Malton, where he supported cyclists with their repairs and fixed another 35 bikes. As a mentor with the Mississauga Cycles program, Peter also helps newcomers to Canada get to know their community by bike and helps teach others about their bike, how to be a safe cyclist and how to do maintenance and simple repairs.
“On behalf of the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee, it gives me great pleasure to recognize Peter with this award. He is a shining example of someone who sees their passion and knowledge as an opportunity to empower others and better the community,” said Ward 3 Councillor Fonseca, Chair of the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee. “Being able to hop on your bike and go for a ride is a great way to support your physical and mental health, especially during the pandemic – but it’s something that many of us take for granted. Peter not only helped get bikes into the hands of more residents, he also helped teach others how they can maintain and repair bikes themselves. Peter, I want to say a big thank you for all of your hard work and the time that you dedicated to further cycling in Mississauga.”
On January 27, 2021, the City of Mississauga awarded Janice Lowe with the 2020 Phil Green Award. Janice is a high school teacher in Malton. After learning that dozens of her students didn’t have access to a bike, she reached out to her network and began collecting donations of bikes, helmets and bike locks to give to these students. Janice then expanded her Grow, Lead, Excel (GLE) Movement program, which she started in 2018 to support the students at her school, bringing bikes to the greater Malton community. Through donations from her network and the community, Janice and the GLE Movement provided 150 bikes to Malton youth, teens and adults in 2020.
“Janice is an inspiration to us all. She recognized how the pandemic was negatively affecting the well-being of her students and she took initiative to fill the need she saw,” said Ward 3 Councillor Fonseca, Chair of the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee. “By providing bikes to students who didn’t have their own, she gave them a way to get outdoor exercise and access their community – helping them stay happy, healthy and connected. I want to say a big thank you to everyone who contributed to this incredible initiative and further encouraged our youth to cycle.”
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.”