February 11, 2009
Park named after anti-smoking advocateCity council has named a Westboro park after long-time anti-smoking advocate, Heather Crowe. Crowe, who died in 2006, was a former waitress who became the public face of Canada's anti-smoking campaign.
Crowe never smoked a day in her life, but was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2002 after years working as a waitress in smoke-filled restaurants. After she was diagnosed, Crowe became a crusader against second-hand smoke. Her campaign helped create a safer workplace environment in Ontario and strengthened the rights of victims through her case with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). Four days after her death, the province implemented tough anti-smoking legislation.
"Her valiant efforts to increase awareness and improve legislation to protect the public on the dangers of direct and second-hand smoke are to be cherished and respected," said Kitchissippi Coun. Christine Leadman. "Heather Crowe was a true Canadian hero and this commemorative naming is a small token of our collective debt for her dedication of our well being."
Heather Crowe Park is located along Scott St at Island Park Dr. A dedication plaque will be installed this spring at the entrance.