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Written By: Wednesday, March 23rd 2016

Cheryl Hickey – ET Canada

In 1995 both Cheryl and myself worked for the same company and our job was to tour around the area and report on events.  From there she has had an exciting career in media. From a stint at the New VR in Barrie to a news chopper reporter to finally becoming a host on ET Canada in 2005.

What town did you grow up in?

Born in Shallow Lake ( across from the little white church) raised in Owen Sound

What street did you grow up on?

4th Ave east

What Public Schools/High schools did you go to?

West Hill

Did you have a favourite Teacher? Who?

The late  Mrs. White. She was everything a teacher should be. Confident, smart, strict with just the right touch of tenderness for those tough days.

What jobs did you have in your teen years?

I worked at the Rusty Gull in Owen Sounds as a hostess. Such a fun job in the summer!

Favourite memory of your home town?

Summer was the best. Heading to the beach with the girls and duns parties at night. Harrison Park riding the paddle boats.

The chip wagon on the walk home from the security of such a great town.

How often do you visit your home town?

Not near enough.

What are you working on or where are you working now?

I’m am the host of Entertainment tonight Canada. On the side I have my own brand called OURSBYCH sold across Canada and on line at well.ca and OURSbych.ca

Also working on a few other family products.

Then busy raising two amazing kids with my partner and husband Kevin.

What’s a highlight from your career?

To many to list.

However, spending time with Oprah was pretty huge. Hosting a special with Rod Stewart, Sharon Osbourn not together mind you. Chatting with Taylor Swift and so many others. Fly to Cannes for the film festival interviewing Brad Pitt on the beach 😁

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Victoria Pratt – Actress/Author

 Victoria is known in the fitness world and has graced the cover of several fitness magazine covers. She models, has landed some high profile acting roles and has just written a book. She’s visits this area often and has been described to me as very down to earth and approachable.  I first saw her in a Money Mart commercial back in the 90’s.  I didn’t know her but friends of mind did, and we loved the fact that someone from the area was in a commercial.  It’s like 3 bucks on a hun!

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What town did you grow up in?

I grew up in Chesley, for the most part, although we did live in Tara and Elmwood for a time. My friends in LA love that once upon a time, my address was Vicky Pratt, RR#2 Chesley.

What street did you grow up on?

We lived on Tower Road during public school, and 9th street in high school.

 What Public Schools/High schools did you go to?

I went to Elderslie Public School, where, much to my horror, my dad was my 8th grade teacher. (No parent should have to watch their daughter in the throws of pubescent angst.) After that, I attended CDHS.

 

Did you have a favourite Teacher? Who?

I had a couple of real standout teachers. First, was my dad, because he’s just awesome.

In high school, Ross King and Eleanor Curry were my favourites. Mr. King taught English, which was my very favourite. One day during class, I told him Samuel Coleridge was my favourite poem, and he just chuckled. Then I started reciting Xanadu, and his face just brightened, and he started reciting it with me, both of us from memory. I’ll never forget it.

Ma Curry taught phys. ed, and boy, was she tough. The thing is, she just wanted us to be as strong as we could be. I still use her mantra today: “I don’t like wimpy women!”

What jobs did you have in your teen years?

As a teen, I worked as a Day Camp Counselor in Hanover, then later, I worked up at Sauble Beach at Vince’s Pizza (which is now Lobbys)

Favourite memory of your home town?

My favorite memory of Chesley… that’s tough. When I was a teenager, everybody would hang out at the Chesley pool in the summer. I’d pack a little lunch, bike down in the morning for swimming lessons, then stay and swim all day long. It’s weird to go by the pool now in the summer. Hardly anybody seems to use it anymore.

How often do you visit your home town?

I still visit Chesley quite a lot. My parents still live there. And in the summer, I love to take a week to get up to Sauble Beach. Still my favourite beach!

What are you working on or where are you working now?

Now, I’m living in Los Angeles. I just published my very first novel, Double Down, which is available on Amazon, itunes, BarnesandNoble.com.… I’ve been spending my time between working down here, and shooting the show Heartland up in Calgary.

What’s a highlight from your career?

Getting my first big network series – Day Break for ABC, and getting my first novel published – those were both pretty cool. I don’t know if I’ve ever had a defining moment though. The work is never done, and you always have to prove yourself. If you sit back and rest on your laurels in this town, you’ll become irrelevant in a heartbeat.

Heather Hiscox – Journalist

If you grew up in Owen Sound in the 80’s there is a good chance that you took part in the parade that welcomed Heather back from winning Miss Teen Canada or if you have turned on CBC news over the past many years you have probably watched Heather deliver the news.

Various portraits of the CBC executives and personalities photographed in Toronto, Ontario, Monday, October 20, 2014. (Photo by Kevin Van Paassen for The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

What town did you grow up in?

Born in Toronto. Grew up in Owen Sound.

What street did you grow up on?

560 6th Avenue West

What Public Schools/High schools did you go to?

Hillcrest, Bayview, Strathcona, then West Hill S.S.

Did you have a favourite Teacher? Who?

I had many! Mrs. Passmore in grade four. Mr. Wilkins in 7 and 8. Ms. Elford and Mr. Monkman in high school english an biology respectively.

What jobs did you have in your teen years?

First job at the Owen Sound Sun Times, writing a weekly column on West Hill S.S. school news. That was in grades 10 and 11, so age 13 and 14. Then I worked for the summer, at age 15, in the business office at the Sun Times, sending out invoices and preparing tear sheets for advertising clients. I started to work as an announcer for CFOS after grade 13, when I was 17, and worked there on week-ends and during summer holidays through university. The direct result of that job was my decision to pursue graduate school studies, do my masters in journalism at Western, and pursue a career in journalism.

Favourite memory of your home town?

Again, I have so many! Owen Sound was a wonderful place in which to grow up. But I have a unique memory. As you perhaps know, I was chosen Miss Teen Canada 1981, when I was 16. The community was thrilled, and everyone was so proud of me. When I returned from the competition, the city held a parade for me. I remember driving down main street with the mayor of the day, Bob Rutherford, and seeing hundreds of smiling faces. There was a ceremony at city hall, and I received the key to the city. I was as proud to represent my hometown, as people we to me. I will never forget that day, nor will I forget the kindness of my fellow Owen Sounders.

How often do you visit your home town?

My sister, mother and I own a cottage on Lake Huron at Red Bay, near Wiarton, and we spend a great deal of time there through the Spring/Summer/Fall months, so I maintain close ties to the region.

What are you working on or where are you working now?

My current title is senior host, CBC news network. For the past 11 seasons, I have been the anchor/host of the national morning news (6am to 10am) on CBC News Network.

What’s a highlight from your career?

Does this sound familiar… again, there are so many! I have been extremely fortunate in my career, to have had many extraordinary experiences, and to have met countless extraordinary people. If I must choose, I would say I have been thrilled to cover six Olympic Games (Athens, Turin, Beijing, Vancouver, London, Sochi). This summer’s games in Rio will be my seventh. Sharing the inspiring stories of Canada’s athletes, and the experiences of the host nations, with our viewers across the country has been particularly satisfying.

Dave Benedict – Musician

Chances are good that you know the band Default. ‘Wasting My Time’ was a huge rock hit that caught the attention of most radio stations and listeners across Canada. Chad Kroeger the vocalist for Nickelback heard the band’s demo tape and he lent his support and production assistance to their first two albums. In 2002 Default won the Juno award for ‘Best New Group’ and by April of 2013 the band had sold 1 million records.

Did you know that Default’s bass player was from this area?

What town did you grow up in?

Owen Sound and then moved to Kelowna in 92 and then to Vancouver in 97

What street did you grow up on?

8th Ave west right behind West Hill High school until grade 2 and then moved to 10th Street East right across the road from the A&W (Now Tim Horton’s)

What Public Schools/High schools did you go to?

Hillcrest, Alexandra, Strathcona and O.S.C.V.I

Did you have a favourite Teacher? Who?

I would have to say Mr. Burnsides because he just always seemed like us and he was a lover of music.

What jobs did you have in your teen years?

A&W, The Blue Jean in the mall and working for my Uncle John as a mover for John Thompson Moving and Storage

Favourite memory of your home town?

I have so many fond memories but probably some of the best were spending time at Painters Bay with my Mom and Sister as a kid

How often do you visit your home town?

Not nearly enough. When I was touring heavily with Default it was a couple times a year and my cousin and best friend Steve would always pick me up somewhere in Ontario and bring me back home to visit family.

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What are you working on or where are you working now?

I am playing in a band called Citizens Unite http://www.citizensunite.net but I also do graphic design and do a lot of photography with my wife and have started dabbling in making music videos.

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What’s a highlight from your career?

I would have to say winning a Juno and playing on the Tonight Show

 

Johnny Gardhouse – Actor/Comedian

From standup, to hosting a game show, to being in a number of TV commercials, to being the image on the actual Cash For Life scratch ticket, Johnny Gardhouse and the image of Johnny is one you just might know.

Johnny was one of the infamous Blockheads comedy troupe that duped Talk Show Host Jerry Springer in the early 90s. The show was titled “Honey Have I Got a Secret For You” where he played the husband who was cheating on his wife with the teenage babysitter. (source imdb)

 

johnny gardhouse

 

What town did you grow up in?

Owen Sound

What street did you grow up on?

2nd Ave. West

What Public Schools/High schools did you go to?

Dufferin Elementary and West Hill (for about a week)

Did you have a favourite Teacher? Who?

Yep, Mr. Hickey (Hillcrest) (Don – This just happens to be Cheryl Hickey’s father)

What jobs did you have in your teen years?

Worked for my dad at BIll Gardhouse Men’s Shop until his retirement, and then worked as a canoe tripping guide in Algonquin Park

Favourite memory of your home town?

Hauling ass around town on my bike with my buds. Pretty much early morning until dinner time.

How often do you visit your home town?

As much as I possibly can.

What are you working on or where are you working now?

I am co-owner of a production company in Toronto. I also help to produce events, such as the JUNO Awards, MMVA’s and Canada’s Walk of Fame. I still find time to do stand-up comedy, my first love in this business we call show.

What’s a highlight from your career?

Auditioning for SNL back in the 90’s. Standing on that main stage at 30 Rock was an incredible feeling for a someone who would sneak down to watch the show when I was a kid, in my TV room in Owen Sound.

If you comments, please contact me.

Don Vail

don@923thedock.com