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Phil Green Recognition Award

The Phil Green Recognition Award is presented annually (or less often) by the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee to a person or persons who have promoted or furthered cycling or other forms of sustainable transportation in the City of Mississauga over the preceding year through their efforts and actions.

On April 21, 2017, the City of Mississauga issued a Media Advisory regarding nominations to select the latest recipient of the Award.   The DEADLINE was extended by one week, to Wed. June 7, 2017.  Thank you for your nominations and we will be announcing the latest recipient in the near future!

Do you know someone who fosters Mississauga's growing cycling culture?  View the NOMINATION FORM, which includes guidelines for eligibility and describes the nomination and selection process.  You may fill it out and submit it online.  NOTE: Supporting letters may be e-mailed separately to our Contact.

 

Frank Toth is the 2013 Phil Green Recognition Award Recipient

September 10, 2014 – Frank Toth is the epitome of an active older adult. This Mississauga resident is committed to keeping fit and spreading the word about active transportation in the city, especially among seniors. Frank is the 2013 winner of the Phil Green Recognition Award, presented at today’s City Council meeting.

The Phil Green Recognition Award is presented annually by the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee (MCAC) to a person or persons who have demonstrated exemplary effort in promoting or furthering cycling or other forms of sustainable active transportation in the City of Mississauga.

Frank Toth is a remarkable example of someone who is determined to keep seniors active through cycling and walking in Mississauga.  Frank cycled as 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.  He founded the GTA West Outdoors Group, who meet regularly for rides and walks throughout the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Through this group he encourages other seniors to keep healthy and fit by maintaining an active lifestyle. 

Frank is a great supporter of the MCAC Community Rides that occur throughout the city and is an enthusiastic and reliable volunteer at these events.  PHOTO: Frank is pictured with Phil Green during the Clarkson Community Ride in July 2014.

Here is how Frank feels about bicycles and cycling...in his own inspiring words!

"When I was about ten, I stopped riding my bicycle due to a fall that required twelve stitches.  I didn't get back on a bike until I was 70.  I started riding again because I had difficulty walking due to a sprained ankle.  I was despondent because the pain in my ankle and lower leg lasted for several months, and I had to use a cane in order to get around.  I was badly in need of exercise and I was becoming overweight.  A friend suggested that I get a bicycle, but I wondered how I could manage that due to the pain.  But at his urging, I went to Canadian Tire and purchased a small bicycle with 16-inch wheels.  I was delighted that this worked out for me.  In the beginning I pedaled with only one foot, but eventually the pain went away, and I moved up to a larger bike.  I then found and joined a local group of walkers and cyclists.  That marked the beginning of a new life for me.  In my 70s I began to feel like I was in my early 50s again.  My health improved, and so did my disposition. I even took up roller skating again.

"Walking and riding with others broadened my interest in many subjects, and I do believe it turned me into a better person.  Instead of dwelling on my own problems in life, I became more focused on helping others.  I've taken much more interest in community affairs, and I've grown to have greater admiration for our civic and political leaders and for the hard work they do toward making our city a better place to live and work.

"I can't say enough about how walking and especially cycling every day have brought about big improvements in my life.  I became less dependent on my car, and even sold it about two years ago.  Due to the many trails and bicycle lanes in Mississauga, I can ride almost anywhere.  Neighbouring communities are also doing nicely at improving the cycling environment.  So I've cycled with friends to the other side of Hamilton and to the east of Toronto.  And it's really wonderful nowadays that, if we want to, we can put our bike at the front of a bus or bring it aboard a train.

"I still am a bit overweight, but not nearly as much as I was before taking up cycling.  Some of my friends and I often encourage each other with the phrase "energy begets energy."  We've found that even though cycling is tiring at times, by sticking with it our overall energy and stamina seem to continually improve.  We sleep deeper and better and we hardly ever have those awful drowsy feelings in the afternoon that plagued us in our less active past.  We're more conscious now of watching what we eat and of leading healthier lives.  Another favourite phrase we have is, "Feel tired?  Go for a walk or ride!"  Our legs and our bicycles seem to remind us that life can almost always be better.  I'm almost 80 now, and many folks my age need to carefully watch their blood pressure.  I check my pressure often, and I'm happy to say that walking and cycling have done wonders for me in that area.

"Still, older folks need to consult their doctor when thinking about including a bicycle in their overall fitness efforts.  A doctor can advise us regarding our limits and capabilities and what we should avoid doing.

"None of us can know how long we will live with good health and energy.  We all hope for the best, but heredity, accidents, past mistakes and other factors can interfere with our goals.  But, all things considered, I think we do ourselves a great favour by giving walking and cycling a try and sticking with them as long as we can."

[2013 recipient]  Frank Toth, a Mississauga senior who makes cycling part of his life style and inspires others to do the same, is the recipient of the 2013 Phil Green Recognition Award from the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee (MCAC). Frank is determined to promote active transportation for seniors in Mississauga, through his own participation and example, and by encouraging his seniors' group to attend various walking and cycling events to keep everyone active! Frank is the organizer of his own Mississauga cycling/walking group: GTA-West-Outdoors-Group. Here's Frank wearing a Bike Month T-shirt and helping as a volunteer marshal on an MCAC Community Ride in June 2014.

Frank has attended and volunteered at almost every MCAC ride for the past 2 years!

Mississauga News article (Sept. 8, 2013): Cycling through the city getting more popular (features an interview with Frank) Frank's nomination was recommended by the MCAC and approved by Council in Spring 2014; the official presentation will take place at Council on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 @ 9:00 am.   Meanwhile, MCAC thought it would be fun to surprise Frank in front of his cycling peers at one of our Community Rides and inform him publicly that he was the 2013 Phil Green Award winner!

On July 10, 2014, Phil Green (founding chair of the MCAC) and Councillor Pat Mullin (inaugural Council representative on the MCAC) both attended the Clarkson / Lorne Park Community Ride in order to congratulate Frank personally.

Current MCAC chair Jeff Wachman (far right) also attended and this photo was taken in honour of the occasion, in front of the Holcim Waterfront Estate!

 

 

 

[2012 recipient] David Krentz, a Mississauga resident who integrates cycling into his personal and professional endeavours, received the 2012 Phil Green Recognition Award from the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee (MCAC) for his strong advocacy for cycling in the community. The Award was presented at Council on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 with members of the MCAC in attendance. CONGRATULATIONS, DAVE! We look forward to your continued involvement with cycling in the City!

"Dave Krentz is an active advocate for cycling in Mississauga and his enthusiasm for cycling is recognized locally and beyond the City's borders as he continually promotes 'green' modes of travel," said Jeff Wachman, chair of the MCAC. Krentz has been a cycling enthusiast for 30 years. In the mid '80s his interest for road racing flourished as part of the Mississauga Cycling Club and today he's affectionately known as 'the bike guy' in the Port Credit area where he rides his bike as a natural part of his everyday life. Krentz is also a consultant who supports small businesses in promoting cycling as an alternative mode of transportation to the car. At left: Dave Krentz (source: Facebook). Click image for enlargement.

Mississauga News article (June 19, 2013): Port Credit resident wins Phil Green Award.

City of Mississauga Press Release (June 19, 2013): Dave Krentz -- 'The Bike Guy' wins Phil Green Recognition Award.

City of Mississauga Press Release (Feb. 22, 2013): Calling All Cyclists! Accepting Nominations for Phil Green Recognition Award.     Photo left: MCAC chair Jeff Wachman (L) with Dave Krentz and MCAC founder Phil Green (R) Photo right: Dave, Jeff and Phil are joined by Councillors Pat Mullin (L), former MCAC Council liaison, and Chris Fonseca, current liaison.

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[2011 recipient] 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. George 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 annual Bike to Work Day. The Award was presented at Council on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 with members of the MCAC in attendance, as well as some of his students and Glenforest principal Cindy Horvath. George humbly accepted the award on behalf of his school, but of course we know how inspirational he has been to all who know him, and his efforts to involve youth in cycling. He also encourages his students to volunteer at the annual Tour de Mississauga as marshals and has been of tremendous assistance in this regard. CONGRATULATIONS, GEORGE! YOU'VE EARNED IT! We look forward to your continued involvement with cycling in the City, and your future visits to the MCAC meetings! "Mr. Douzenis is a role model and cycling ambassador for his students, colleagues and community members," said Jeff Wachman, chair of the MCAC.  "Advocates like George inspire future generations of cyclists and enhance the efforts of our committee." At left: George Douzenis holds his award, which was presented by MCAC Chair Jeff Wachman. Click image for enlargement.

Mississauga News article (May 9, 2012): Teacher earns cycling award (article includes group shot photo).

City of Mississauga Press Release (May 9, 2012): City of Mississauga and Local Teacher Honoured with Cycling Awards.

Pictured at left (click image for enlargement): MCAC founding chair and Award sponsor Phil Green (L) with George Douzenis, recipient of the 2011 Phil Green Award.

[2010 recipient] John Sabiston (R), former chair of MCAC and a long-time cycling advocate in Mississauga, received the Phil Green Award from Phil (L). Here they each prepare to ride to their next destinations after the formal presentation at the Mississauga Council meeting.

[2008 recipient] Mississauga News - October 23, 2008 09:14 AM - The 2008 Phil Green Recognition Award was presented to Lorne Park resident Jeff Rushton, founder of Coast-to-Coast Against Cancer, a charitable organization that raises funds so that children with cancer can go to camps.

The Phil Green Recognition Award plaque hangs at Mississauga City Hall. Recipients also receive an individual plaque, presented at a Council meeting.