People from Chatham-Kent, Ontario

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  1. Shae-Lynn Bourne

    Shae-Lynn Bourne


    Shae-Lynn Bourne, MSC (born January 24, 1976) is a Canadian ice dancer. In 2003, she and partner Victor Kraatz became the first North American ice dancers to win a World Championship. They competed at three Winter Olympic Games, placing 10th at the 1994 Winter Olympics, 4th at the 1998 Winter Olympics, and 4th at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

  2. Ferguson Jenkins

    Ferguson Jenkins


    Ferguson Arthur "Fergie" Jenkins, Jr., CM (born December 13, 1942) is a Canadian former professional baseball player. He was a Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, and Boston Red Sox, from 1965 through 1983. He also played basketball in the off-season for the Harlem Globetrotters from 1967 to 1969, and pitched two seasons in Canada for the minor league London Majors following his major league career. In 1991, Jenkins became the first Canadian to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

  3. Cassandra Vasik

    Cassandra Vasik


    Cassandra Vasik is a Canadian country singer/songwriter from Blenheim, Ontario. Vasik won the 1992 Canadian Country Music Association "Rising Star" award as well as the 1992 Juno Award for Best Country Female Vocalist.

  4. Ryan Jones

    Ryan Jones


    Ryan Michael Stewart Jones (born June 14, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for Kölner Haie of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). He was drafted in the fourth round, 111th overall, by the Minnesota Wild in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and has previously played for the Nashville Predators and Edmonton Oilers in the National Hockey League (NHL).

  5. Andy Fantuz

    Andy Fantuz


    Andrew "Andy" Fantuz, (born December 18, 1983) is a Canadian football wide receiver for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. He had been a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders for six seasons after he was drafted by them in the first round of the 2006 CFL Draft. Fantuz was also signed by the Chicago Bears in 2011. He played CIS football for the University of Western Ontario.

  6. Bill Atkinson

    Bill Atkinson


    William Cecil Glenn Atkinson (born October 4, 1954) is a retired Canadian professional baseball player and a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher. The 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m), 165 lb (75 kg) (11 stone 11) right-hander was signed by the Montreal Expos as an amateur free agent on October 4, 1971, and he played for them from 1976 to 1979.

  7. Josiah Henson

    Josiah Henson


    Josiah "Joe" Henson (February 24, 1922 – April 4, 2012) was an American wrestler who competed in the 1952 Summer Olympics, for the United States. He was born in Bristow, Oklahoma.

  8. Tracey Hoyt

    Tracey Hoyt


    Tracey Hoyt is a Canadian voice actress and alumna of York University and the Second City National Touring Company (Toronto), possessing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Performance. She played the first North American voice of Rini in the Sailor Moon R series and movies. Hoyt played the voice of Me Bear in 2005's The Care Bears' Big Wish Movie. Currently, she appears as Ms. Deeds in Delilah & Julius (Family Channel Canada) and as Guinivere in Bob and Margaret. (YTV Canada). Tracey is a double Gemini nominee for her work on CBC TV's comedy series The Tournament. She has voiced hundreds of radio and TV commercials. She was born in Chatham-Kent, Ontario.

  9. Chris Allen (ice hockey)

    Chris Allen (ice hockey)


    Chris Allen (born May 8, 1978 in Blenheim, Ontario) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman who played 2 games in the National Hockey League with the Florida Panthers.

  10. Doug Anakin

    Doug Anakin


    Douglas Thomas Anakin (born November 6, 1930) is a former Canadian bobsleigh competitor. He was born in Chatham, Ontario and was selected by Vic Emery as a member of Canada's gold medal-winning four-man bobsleigh team at the 1964 Winter Olympics. Anakin was also one of the driving forces behind the Canadian luge program. He has been inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame.

  11. Jeff Jackson

    Jeff Jackson


    Jeffrey Jackson (born January 2, 1972 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former professional baseball player who won the Gatorade High School Baseball Player of the Year Award in 1989. He later played in minor league baseball for nine seasons.

  12. Mel Wakabayashi

    Mel Wakabayashi


    Hitoshi "Mel" Wakabayashi (born April 23, 1943, in Slocan City, British Columbia) is a former All-American ice hockey player, a right-handed center, who played for the 1964 NCAA champion Michigan Wolverines hockey team. He was also named Player of the Year in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in 1966. He went on to play 11 season in the Japan Ice Hockey League and to coach the Japan men's national ice hockey team at international competitions, including the 1980 Winter Olympics. After his hockey career ended, Wakabayashi became the President of Seibu Canada. In 2001, Wakabayashi was selected by the WCHA as one of the Top 50 Players in 50-year history of the conference. He was also inducted into the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor in 2006.

  13. Ralph Murphy

    Ralph Murphy


    Ralph Murphy (born 1944) is a British-born Canadian musician, record producer, and songwriter. Murphy was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2012.

  14. Jeanne Gordon

    Jeanne Gordon


    Ruby "Jeanne" Gordon (1884 – 22 February 1952) was a Canadian opera singer active during the early 1900s.

  15. Harry Garnet Bedford Miner

    Harry Garnet Bedford Miner


    Harry Garnet Bedford Miner VC (24 June 1891 – 8 August 1918) was a Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

  16. Ernest Burgess

    Ernest Burgess


    Ernest Watson Burgess (May 16, 1886 – December 27, 1966) was a Canadian-American urban sociologist born in Tilbury, Ontario. He was educated at Kingfisher College in Oklahoma and continued graduate studies in sociology at the University of Chicago. In 1916, he returned to the University of Chicago, as a faculty member. Burgess was hired as an urban sociologist at the University of Chicago. Burgess also served as the 24th President of the American Sociological Association (ASA).

  17. Judy LaMarsh

    Judy LaMarsh


    Julia Verlyn "Judy" LaMarsh, PC, OC, QC (December 20, 1924 – October 27, 1980) was a Canadian politician, lawyer, author and broadcaster. In 1963, she was only the second woman to ever serve as a federal Cabinet Minister. Under Prime Minister Lester Pearson's minority governments of the middle and late 1960s, she helped push through the legislation that created the Canada Pension Plan and Medicare. As Secretary of State, she was in charge of Canada's Centennial celebrations in 1967. After leaving politics in 1968, she wrote three books, and had her own radio show on CBC Radio. She was stricken with pancreatic cancer in 1979 and was given the Order of Canada at her hospital bed. She died a few days short of the 20th anniversary of her first political election victory, in 1980.

  18. June Callwood

    June Callwood


    June Rose Callwood, CC OOnt (June 2, 1924 – April 14, 2007) was a Canadian journalist, author and social activist. She was born in Chatham, Ontario and grew up in nearby Belle River.

  19. T. J. Brodie

    T. J. Brodie


    Thomas James Brodie (born June 7, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player for the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was a fourth round selection of the Flames, 114th overall, at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Brodie played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) prior to turning professional in 2010. Internationally, he was a member of Team Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Championship.

  20. Darcy McKeough

    Darcy McKeough


    William Darcy McKeough, OC (born January 31, 1933) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1963 to 1978 who represented the ridings of Kent West and Chatham—Kent. He was a cabinet minister in the government of Bill Davis. Due to McKeough's senior position in cabinet as Treasurer, Minister of Economics and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of Municipal Affairs, he was often referred to as the 'Duke of Kent'.

  21. Courtney Babcock

    Courtney Babcock


    Courtney Babcock (born June 30, 1972) is a Canadian runner, who is a two-time national champion in the women's 5.000 metres.

  22. John Lee (inventor)

    John Lee (inventor)


    John Lee was a Scottish-Canadian - Canadian inventor and arms designer, best known for co- inventing a prototype bolt action rifle with his brother James Paris Lee. The rifle they made led to the Lee-Metford and Lee-Enfield series of rifles.

  23. Alexander Rocke Robertson

    Alexander Rocke Robertson


    Alexander Rocke Robertson (May 12, 1841 – December 1, 1881) was a Canadian lawyer, judge, and politician.

  24. Todd Warriner

    Todd Warriner


    Todd Eaton Warriner (born January 3, 1974) is a retired Canadian ice hockey forward. Over the course of his career, Warriner played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Tampa Bay Lightning, Phoenix Coyotes, Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers, and Nashville Predators of the NHL. He also played for several teams in Europe, including Jokerit of the Finnish SM-liiga, and the Hannover Scorpions and Kölner Haie of the German Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

  25. Joseph Storey

    Joseph Storey


    Joseph William Storey (July 5, 1923 – August 12, 1975) was an internationally renowned architect based in Chatham, Ontario, Canada. He graduated from the University of Toronto School of Architecture in 1946. He designed hundreds of unique homes, stores, offices, and public buildings, and many of his designs from the 1950s and 1960s are still strikingly modern today. His working career spanned three decades, in which time he was also a popular member of Chatham city council. His dedication to his community made the profession of architecture synonymous with that of civic leadership and public service. Storey died suddenly on his way to work in 1975 at the age of 52. The Joseph Storey Architectural Conservancy celebrates his many contributions to his home town every summer with a walking tour of homes he designed.

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