2020 Hall of Fame Inductees

The Waterloo Region Hall of Fame honours individuals and organizations for their significant contribution to the community. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, and with no certainty regarding crowd size restrictions and general safety precautions, the Board of Governors decided to cancel the physical induction ceremony for the Class of 2020. Instead, videos have been produced that highlight the contributions of each 2020 inductee, which can be viewed below by clicking on the inductee’s name. The 2020 inductees are a remarkable class of community builders and athletes who have been of service to their local and wider communities. Congratulations to the Class of 2020.

Sharon Bowes, Sport and Air Rifle

Waterloo resident, Sharon Bowes has been a member of Canada’s National Rifle team since 1983. She is one of Canada’s most experienced shooters, having competed in Olympic, Commonwealth, and Pan American games. Sharon also has the distinction of being the first woman to compete in shooting at the Commonwealth Games, where she remains a record holder.

Craig Crawford, Fastpitch

Craig Crawford is the most decorated men’s fastpitch player in Waterloo Region’s history, and is considered one of the best catchers and hitters of his era. He has won two gold medals at the Pan American Games in 1999 and 2003. Craig has also won three medals at the International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championships; silver (1996, 2004) and bronze (2009).

Ladies Art Committee, Art Patrons

Sarah Williams, Geneva Jackson, Florence Sims, and Ida Cram created the Ladies Art Committee in Berlin (now Kitchener) in the early 1900s. The Committee endeavoured to create an art gallery within the city and, for 22 years, arranged art lectures and exhibitions for local residents. Their dream was eventually realized in 1956 with the opening of the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery.

Donald McKee, Hockey

Donald “Don” McKee has a long history of teaching and coaching in Waterloo Region. Don first volunteered as a juvenile coach with the Kitchener Minor Hockey Association in 1964. From 1985 until 1998, Don served as Head Coach of the University of Waterloo Men’s Varsity Hockey Team. He guided the Warriors to 13 winning seasons and two Ontario University Athletic Association (OUAA) West Championships.

Wilhelm Nassau, Community Service

Dr. Wilhelm “Willi” Nassau was the founding director of Audio-Visual Resources at what is now Wilfrid Laurier University. Willi taught media related courses there and was co-founder of TELECOLLEGE, one of the first applications of television used in distance education. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1991.

John W. Tibbits, Community Service

Dr. John Tibbits has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning since 1987. Under his leadership, Conestoga College has been transformed from a small school into a leading polytechnic post-secondary institution with eight campuses. John is currently the longest serving president of an Ontario college.

Patricia Wagner, Heritage Advocate

Patricia “Pat” Wagner was an avid and tireless champion for the preservation of historical landmarks in Waterloo Region. Pat was one of the early advocates for the preservation of the Governor’s House and Gaol, two of the oldest public buildings in the region. She volunteered with numerous local heritage committees, and her research has been used in many local heritage studies.