• Heritage Mississauga




  • "It's such an honour to be recognized by Heritage Mississauga. It's a great organization that is doing vital work in our community.

    I congratulate all of the other nominees. We are so fortunate to have a community in which residents are so committed to giving back. It is extremely important that we take the time to recognize the contribution people make to our city."

    - Shelley White, CEO Responsible Gaming Council & 2016 The Credits Lifetime Achievement Award Winner


  • Sponsors

    Thank you to our sponsors for bringing this event to life!

  • "If you are considering an organization to volunteer your time to, Heritage Mississauga is top notch. They welcome you and encourage you to think outside the box. When asked by Heritage Mississauga to join The Credits committee, I was honoured and I have received so much more in return. From the office support to the fellow committee members to the extended community involved with The Credits gala, the role has been very rewarding."

    - Maria DaSilva (far left), Senior Manager Small Business and Outsourcing with BDO Canada LLP & Credits Committee Member (2015-2018)

  • Photos

    Take a look and enjoy some of the photos from the 2018 event.

  • The Award

    Winners receive a beautiful award, glass blown from

    Kelly Lowe who is a resident artist at the

    Living Arts Centre in Mississauga.

    2013 Award

    2014 Award

    2015 Award

    2016 Award

    2017 Award

    2018 Award

  • "I would like to thank Heritage Mississauga for putting on their annual Credits Awards. It recognizes so many people who contribute to our great city of Mississauga. What a surprise and honour to receive my award this year. I want to congratulate all the deserving nominees and other award recipients".

    - Merle Zoerb, Rotary Past-President, Founding Member of the Mississauga Community Foundation & 2017 Award Winner

  • The Nominees

    Congratulations to the 2018 nominees who do wonderful work in Mississauga to celebrate our heritage!

  • Business Leader Award


    Mohamad Fakih

    Mohamad is a Lebanese-Canadian businessman and philanthropist. He started Paramount Fine Foods after arriving to Canada as an immigrant. Today, Paramount Fine Foods has over 80 restaurants across North America. In April 2018, the City of Mississauga announced that the city's sports arena, the Hershey Centre, would be renamed the Paramount Centre. Along with his business skills, Mr. Fakih is dedicated to giving back to the community of Mississauga and he supports multiple causes throughout our city.

    Dr. William James

    Dr. James founded his company Centre City Capital Limited in 1969. He is deeply connected to the Port Credit community and is no stranger to restoring old buildings. Twenty years ago, Dr. James purchased and renovated the hotel at 15 Stavebank Road South helping to rejuvenate the area when most developers were tearing down old buildings and he brought it back to life as The Waterside Inn. His most recent project was the Port Credit Post Office building that included contemporary additions and a restoration of the heritage façade.

  • Community Heritage Individual Award


    Richard Collins

    Richard has been active in enlivening, preserving and celebrating Mississauga’s past, present and future since 1999. A natural storyteller, Richard has been a tour guide for Benares Historic House, Bradley Museum and the Port Credit BIA. He’s a member of the Mississauga South Historical Society and Thompson’s Company 2nd York Militia, and he’s written articles about Mississauga’s history for the Streetsville Booster, Heritage News, and the Port Credit Mineola Neighbours Magazine. Richard is currently writing a book about how the City of Mississauga got its name.

    Margaret Parker

    Margaret has been a treasured source to the community for almost forty years as a researcher, interviewer and writer of Mississauga’s heritage. She wrote feature articles for the Port Credit Weekly and interviewed long time parishioners of Trinity Church for their quarterly newsletter Trinity Tidings, so their memories would not be lost. Margaret continues to preserve the history of Trinity-St. Paul, Port Credit and its connection to the community.

    Anna Silgardo

    Anna is a strong patron of the arts and a fiercely passionate individual when it comes to helping people, healing their souls, and bringing forth advice and support to individuals who have suffered from mental health trauma and associated stigma. She founded Artists in Momentum (AIM) in 2014, an organization dedicated to providing individuals with the tools to find their own creative outlet and to use art and creative expression to work through trauma and mental illness.

    Charles Sousa

    Charles was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in 2007 and served three terms, spanning more than 11 years, as Member Provincial Parliament for Mississauga South. Charles pushed for the revitalization of Mississauga’s waterfront and the protection of our sensitive air shed. Charles received the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals in recognition for his service to the community and was inducted as a Commander to the Order of Merit in Portugal.

  • Community Heritage Group Award


    History Matters Association

    History Matters Association is a not-for-profit group of military and historical reenactors dedicated to providing accurate representations of Canadian military history, with a primary focus on providing quality Education Day Programming based on the First World War. The program offers an immersive experience with battalion drills, trench raid tactics, a casualty clearing station, and life on the home front, amongst many other elements reminiscent of life, times and service during the First World War.

    Mississauga Arts Council (MAC)


    The Mississauga Arts Council (MAC) engages, connects, promotes, champions and helps develop opportunities for artists of all disciplines, ages and abilities from diverse communities. The Boxes & Banners Mississauga Street Art Project brought together arts, heritage and corporate partners to identify and visually communicate the heritage origins of our City’s neighbourhoods.

    Port Credit Village Project (PCVP)

    Port Credit Village Project (PCVP) is a volunteer driven, non-profit organization aimed at enhancing the distinct character of Port Credit through projects and events focused on Heritage, Greening, Art, and Innovation. Founded in 2001, their common goal is to connect people with the rich cultural heritage of the area known as the “jewel by the lake”.

    Whole Foods Market, Square One

    Whole Foods Market is a mission-driven company that seeks out the finest natural and organic foods available, maintains the strictest quality standards in the industry, and has an unshakeable commitment to sustainable agriculture. Their purpose is to nourish people and the planet. Whole Foods Market is known for integrating their franchises into the local community, like this mural, which is an artistic nod to the history of Mississauga and acknowledgement of the City’s origins of historic villages coming together.

  • Cultural Heritage Individual Award


    Dr. Feihong Nan

    Dr. Feihong Nan, a successful research analyst and engineer, is the founder of the Canadian Division of Yuan Yin Group. Alongside her passion for classical Chinese music, she has over 20 years of professional experience playing and teaching the Chinese zither called Guzheng. She currently holds the highest grade certificate in Guzheng music performance and is the national 1st place winner. She is committed to sharing their beliefs and the passion they have for music with audiences and students.

    Randy Persaud

    Randy is a media personality, content creator, community advocate and a Mississauga cultural promoter. Over the years he has contributed his passion and personality to many groups and events in Mississauga. He is on the Board of Directors for the Mississauga Arts Council, Vice Chair of Marketing for Carassauga, and Vice President of Broadening Horizons. Randy is also an ambassador for Mississauga Gives, Bollywood Monster Mashup, Mississauga Fashion Week and advocate for Interim Place.

    Zohra Zoberi

    Zohra is the Artistic Director and Founder of Bridging the Gap Productions, a non-profit organization with a mission of “Enlightenment through Entertainment”. She writes prose, poetry and plays—in English and Urdu. Zohra has received recognition awards from the Governments of Ontario and Canada for raising awareness of social issues through her award-winning socio-dramas staged to audiences in Mississauga.

  • Cultural Heritage Group Award


    Arabic Cultural Club of Ontario (ACCO)

    Founded in 1999, The Arabic Cultural Club of Ontario (ACCO) is a not-for-profit volunteer-based organization of Arab-Canadians working to promote our culture and heritage as a part of the Canadian fabric and to encourage its members to be engaged in Canadian society. They also host the Lebanon Pavilion at Carassauga celebrating their culture and traditions with visitors.

    Chinese Association of Mississauga

    The Chinese Association of Mississauga is a registered charitable organization founded in 1982. They preserve and perpetuate the traditions of Chinese culture by sponsoring literary, musical and other educational and cultural events. They also offer language training to ensure newcomers have a successful integration into Canadian society. For the past 33 years, the Chinese Association of Mississauga has run the China pavilion at Carassauga. From a small group of dedicated people, to over 100 volunteers, it’s an incredible exhibition of Chinese art, food, history and culture.


    ICNA Relief Canada

    ICNA Relief Canada is a non-profit organization focused on helping make the integration of citizens of Mississauga within Canadian society an easy process. It provides social services for all ages including career building workshops, youth development events, seminars, international initiatives, relief field efforts, arts events, cultural festivals and community events, and provides a women’s shelter (Maryam home) for victims of domestic abuse.

  • Heritage Youth Award


    Adnan Moinuddin

    Adnan is a 17-year-old high school student, whose passion to serve and enrich the heritage of Canadian society goes beyond his years. He’s contributed to several organizations and festivals such as: ICNA Relief Canada, Churchill Meadows Residents Association, Carassauga, Canada Day Together Festival and Kitefest. Adnan has also written project proposals to secure funding for youth programs and he volunteers his time with seniors at Village of Erin Meadows, and at Credit Valley Hospital in the Sleep Lab, Pathology Lab and as a Lobby Helper.

    Nayab Saeed

    Nayab has spent over a decade volunteering in the community of Mississauga as a mentor and source of inspiration for youth. She’s contributed to several organizations such as: ICNA Relief Canada, McDonald’s Canada, Engineers Without Borders, and Food Drive for Homeless. Along with coordinating and leading seminars, she’s helped refurbish a Youth Studio, she’s led yoga and meditation classes for the community and she’s a strong advocate for destigmatizing mental health.

  • Modern Heritage Award


    Absolute Tower Condominiums

    On November 28, 1994, during the 12th annual Mississauga Urban Design Awards ceremony, Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion announced that an international design competition was going to be held for a development located at the northeast corner of Burnhamthorpe Road and Hurontario Street. Absolute World is a residential condominium twin tower skyscraper complex in the five tower Absolute City Centre development in Mississauga. The project was built by Fernbrook Homes and Cityzen Development Group. The architect chosen, Ma Yansong of MAD Architects, China was chosen as the winner. One of the towers evokes the curvaceous, hourglass figure of Marilyn Monroe, causing the buildings to be known as the Marilyn Monroe towers.

    Angela Chao

    An experienced camera person Angela channel’s her power of thought through her paintings. Through an array of techniques, she moves textures, colours and brush strokes to express the psychological and physiological changes in her brain. The many twists and turns are indicative of profound healing from the three concussions she persevered through. Painting has sustained and nurtured her, while improving her mental health. Her paintings are deep, stark, and piercingly personal. Her canvas has become a mirror to her mind, reflecting its brilliant and varied hues. Plainly speaking says Angela, "Painting is my form of communication."

    Sheridan Homelands Ratepayers' Association

    The Sheridan Homelands Ratepayers' Association is committed to furthering community awareness and participation by informing and communicating homeowner interests and concerns to one another and to City government on their behalf. SHORA aims to improve quality of life for homeowners by encouraging participation in recreational and social activities and events, supporting the arts, and by promoting opportunities for creative expression. SHORA is committed to encouraging mutual accord and good will among homeowners, to maintaining high standards of neighborhood safety, and to assist homeowners in these endeavors.

    DTAH Architects: Visual Arts Mississauga

    Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) has trained thousands of Mississauga residents in the arts and is known as a cultural hub in the city. The VAM building was designed by DTAH Architects and has been recognized with numerous accolades in the city including a Mississauga Urban Design Award of Merit for Architecture in 2006. Over the past 12 years the building (which contains studios, administrative support spaces, and a public comfort station) has integrated perfectly into the Riverwood Conservancy landscape, with lushly developed planting and active garden terraces. The building exemplifies a contemporary approach to design: simple rectilinear lines with an emphasis on natural materials allowing the building to integrate into the existing landscape while respecting its historic context.

  • Natural Heritage Award


    Cloverleaf Garden Club

    The Cloverleaf Garden Club has fostered pride and promoted the beautification of Mississauga’s neighbourhoods for 74 years (1944). They have a long distinguished history and are well known for bringing horticulture and gardening knowledge to hundreds of people in the community, through monthly meetings, guest speakers, annual plant sales and annual garden tours. Cloverleaf donates funds and oversees students work, planting garden beds and supports The Compass Food Bank in partnership with EcoSource providing fresh vegetables to needy clients.

    Dave Taylor

    Dave has been a Teacher, Consultant, Author, and Award-Winning Photographer, focusing on the importance of natural heritage in Mississauga for many years. As Education Director with The Riverwood Conservancy (TRC) he created Discovery@Riverwood, a series of free educational workshops, walks and lectures on natural heritage topics and over 50,000 Mississaugans have attended these events. He has also published numerous books, eBooks, and he has created videos and published photos where people can learn about Mississauga’s natural heritage and history.

    Nicky Hall

    Nicky has been a fierce advocate for conserving the natural life and beauty of Meadowvale for decades. With the help of Ward 9 Councillor Pat Saito she formed a group called Friends of Lake Wabukayne in 2008, which is still going strong today. She is renowned for rescuing animals from oil spills, installing a butterfly garden, a canoe garden, a bee hotel, and organizing community events to promote public awareness of parks and its wildlife.

    Many Feathers

    Many Feathers is a non-profit based in Mississauga with numerous projects to promote food sustainability and environmental awareness. The Many Feathers Market is a growing farmers' market located at the Lisgar GO Station, which was launched in 2015 and features live music, food trucks, local artists and entrepreneurs, Ontario farmers, and educational workshops. The Many Feathers Garden Project is a collaborative and educational endeavour that aims to develop a hub of urban agriculture, while engaging with the community to provide access to locally grown organic produce.

  • Architectural Heritage Award


    Benares Barn

    The Benares Historic House is a restored 19th-century Georgian family home on a scenic estate with original furnishings. The estate is designated under the Ontario Heritage Act and includes a prominent wood frame barn that was in a deteriorated condition. Built in 1857 and restored in 1995 to reflect daily life in the World War One era, Benares was home to four generations of the Harris family. The barn restoration was done using traditional methods and materials. This highly successful intervention has stabilized the building allowing it to remain an integral part of the estate.

    Port Credit Post Office

    The Port Credit Post Office was built in 1931 during the Depression by the federal government. The original structure is a rare example of public Edwardian Classicism in Mississauga. The current owner of the building sought to increase the usable area of the project by proposing contemporary additions and a restoration of the heritage façade. Designed by Robert Grossman of the firm Adamson and Associates, the re-purposing of the historic Post Office has successfully integrated the original scale and texture of the heritage-listed structure, with a significant expansion for commercial uses.

  • Volunteer Heritage Award


    Edna Toth

    Edna is a journalist and long-time resident of Mississauga. A Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medalist, winner of the Peel United Way Community Builder Award, and Mississauga’s 31st Citizen of the Year (Gordon S. Shipp Memorial Award, 2011), Ms. Toth has dedicated decades of persistent, energetic and positive advocacy to women, children and families in our city who have limited life opportunities.

    Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga

    Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga is a community-based, non-profit, faith-based organization working for a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga, serves the cities of Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga, Milton and the Halton Hills to ensure hardworking families in need have a safe and affordable place to live.

    Janis Alton

    Janis is a long-time peace activist in the domestic and international peace movement and she’s also a strong voice in promoting our rich history right here in Mississauga. Over the years, Alton has been involved in a number of community efforts including the Christmas Carol Sing in Port Credit and Peel Peacemakers. She’s also the founder of the Port Credit Village Project, a non-profit organization whose goal is to enhance the distinctive character of Port Credit through greening and sustainability, heritage and preservation, art, and the development of new ideas and innovation.

    Randy Persaud

    Randy is a media personality, content creator, community advocate and a Mississauga cultural promoter. Over the years he has contributed his passion and personality to many groups and events in Mississauga. He is on the Board of Directors for the Mississauga Arts Council, Vice Chair of Marketing for Carassauga, and Vice President of Broadening Horizons. Randy is also an ambassador for Mississauga Gives, Bollywood Monster Mashup, Mississauga Fashion Week and advocate for Interim Place.

  • The Winners

    Congratulations to the 2018 Winners of "The Credits"

    Jim Tovey

    Heritage Champion Award

    Presented to an elected government official or member of provincial or municipal staff who has championed the cause of heritage and who has gone above and beyond their normal duties to support and promote heritage programs.

    Dr. William James

    Heritage Business Leader Award

    Presented to an individual or business who has shown vision and a commitment to preserving heritage, demonstrating leadership, furthering heritage values and fostering a sense of place and pride in the community.

    Adnan Moinuddin

    Heritage Youth Award

    Presented to individuals or groups aged 12 to 30, whose project or activities have resulted in outstanding contributions to the promotion and celebration of heritage and whose actions have resulted in inspiring their peers to become involved in heritage.

    Nicky Hall

    Natural Heritage Award

    Presented to individuals or groups who have demonstrated a commitment to conservation through activities that protect, promote and enhance Mississauga’s natural heritage resources.

    Veronica King-Jamieson

    Mississaugas of the New Credit Cultural and Heritage Award

    Presented to a member from any community who has demonstrated a commitment to awareness and preservation of the Mississaugas of the New Credit culture, traditions, community and heritage.

    Kathy Baker

    Betty Ross Memorial Award

    This volunteer Appreciation award is named in honour of Betty Ross who was a long-serving, dedicated, and well-loved volunteer with both Heritage Mississauga and the Museums of Mississauga. It is presented by each organization in alternate years to honour a volunteer’s significant contribution supporting staff in their work.

    Richard Collins

    Community Heritage Award (Individual)

    Recognized in two categories; individuals and groups, who have preserved, communicated and engaged the community in the celebration of Mississauga’s heritage.

    The Mississauga Arts Council (MAC)

    Community Heritage Award (Group)

    Recognized in two categories; individuals and groups, who have preserved, communicated and engaged the community in the celebration of Mississauga’s heritage.


    Dr. Feihong Nan

    Heritage Legacy Award

    This special award is presented to an individual, organization or community group who have initiated cross-generational activities with the goal to foster awareness, promote and nurture the advancement of heritage through tradition, culture and community bringing generations together to work towards a common purpose.

    Cliff Silveira

    Presidents Award

    This award is presented to someone who has given outstanding contributions to the community, advocated, promoted and celebrated the milestones it has achieved.

    Jim Holmes

    Chairmans Award

    This award is presented to a member of the community who gives of themselves to be a mentor, a friend, a heritage advocate. A hero who supports organizations great or small, making a positive impact helping to create a better community.

    Frank Giannone

    Heritage Lifetime Achievement Award

    Presented to an individual who has contributed 20+ years to preserving and

    promoting Mississauga’s heritage and whose leadership, initiative and commitment has resulted in an increased awareness of community heritage and an inspiration to others.


    Randy Persaud

    Cultural Heritage Award (Individual)

    Recognized in two categories; individual and groups, who have engaged the community in the celebration of Mississauga’s diverse cultural heritage.

    The Arabic Cultural Club of Ontario (ACCO)

    Cultural Heritage Award (Group)

    Recognized in two categories; individual and groups, who have engaged the community in the celebration of Mississauga’s diverse cultural heritage.


    The Port Credit Post Office

    Architectural Heritage Award

    Presented in recognition of a property or landmark that celebrates cultural heritage through architecture that engages the local community in the exploration and preservation of our shared cultural heritage.


    Dave Cook

    Lifetime Membership

    This award is presented to a member of the community who gives of themselves to be a mentor, a friend, a heritage advocate. A hero who supports organizations great or small, making a positive impact helping to create a better community.

    Absolute Towers Condominiums

    Modern Heritage Award

    Presented to an individual or group whose project or activities celebrate urban growth and innovation, promoting heritage and creating a sense of place and pride in the Mississauga community

    Janis Alton

    Volunteer Heritage Award

    The award is presented to an individual who has volunteered 10+ years within the city and has shown leadership, mentorship and community engagement as an ambassador for cultural heritage.

    Edna Toth

    Heritage Mississauga Members' Choice Award

    Heritage Mississauga members present the Members’ Choice Award to honour one nominee who they feel has made a significant contribution to the celebration and preservation of our heritage. The winning nominee will be announced during the evening.

  • "Visual Arts Mississauga is a proud partner of Heritage Mississauga and we were thrilled to receive recognition for our 40th anniversary at this year's prestigious Credits award ceremony. We look forward to a continued collaboration over the next 40 years!"

    - Annis Karpenko, Executive Director of Visual Arts Mississauga, Community Group Anniversary

  • Mississauga's Heritage Source

    Heritage Mississauga, also known as the Mississauga Heritage Foundation was founded in 1960, by a small group of volunteers.  Known then as the Toronto Township Historical Foundation, this charitable organization supported the move of the Bradley House to its present location and worked to open the home as the area’s first Museum.

    In 1994 the City of Mississauga officially took over the running of the Museum Complex and Heritage Mississauga took on the role as the only independent organization devoted to city-wide heritage matters.


    From its offices at "The Grange", the historic Robinson-Adamson House (1921 Dundas Street West, Mississauga), Heritage Mississauga provides the community with a comprehensive Heritage Resource Centre. The Centre offers a number of services to the community including:


    • Heritage Research & Publications

    • Research Assistance

    • Outreach Presentations

    • Heritage Resource Centre Library

    • Publications

    • Heritage and Art Exhibits

    • Guided and Self-Guided Heritage Tours

    • Heritage Events

    • Oral History Interviews

    • Quarterly “Heritage News” Newsletter

    • Heritage Network & Community Partners

    • Advocacy

    Heritage Mississauga (Mississauga Heritage Foundation Inc.) is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to promotion of local heritage. Heritage Mississauga’s MISSION is to “research, record and communicate Mississauga’s heritage”.  Heritage Mississauga’s VISION is to be “Mississauga’s Heritage Source.”


    Our shared heritage is an important element in fostering and maintaining Mississauga’s sense of community, pride and history. Together with the support of community groups, corporations and individuals, Heritage Mississauga will continue to accept the challenge of promoting awareness of the community’s most precious non-renewable resource.

  • Our Partners

    Heritage Mississauga acknowledges with thanks, financial assistance from:

  • "The Credits is more than just a celebration. The awards reflect the richness and diversity of our cultural heritage in the community - it also brings us together, and inspires us, to build and shape a future that is celebrated by all, and for everyone."

    - Gilmar Militar (centre) Program Manager, Sector Capacity with the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Panel Judge for The Credits Awards Program.

  • Connect With Us

    Please contact us if you have any questions about nominations, sponsorship or if you would like to purchase tickets!