Phyllis Ridgway passed away peacefully Friday morning surrounded by the love of her family at Bridgepoint Active Healthcare.
Broadcast Journalist Susan Hay has been part of the Global News family for more than 30 years. During her tenure, Hay has covered weather news, special events, and hosted a variety of shows. Her current position is anchor/producer of Making a Difference.
This popular early evening news segment profiles inspirational people and organizations throughout the GTA who are positively impacting the lives of others. When Hay isn’t anchoring Making a Difference, she’s live in the field covering various events or in studio discussing hot topics of the day.
Hay began her career at MCTV in Sudbury as a weather anchor and host/producer of a live half-hour talk forum and moved to the CBC as weather anchor and on-location entertainment reporter. In May 1989, Hay joined Global Television and anchored daily regional and national forecasts on Global’s evening and late-night newscasts.
From 2001 to 2003, Hay hosted her own signature segment, Susan Hay’s Heart of the City. This popular news segment also aired as a weekly half-hour documentary series on Global Television and (former) PRIME TV.
Hay continues to dedicate her free time to working with many charitable organizations and is spokesperson for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, Reach for the Rainbow and the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario.
In 2003, she visited Africa with World Vision to help children orphaned by AIDS and more recently travelled to El Salvador for charitable purposes. Her work in Africa resulted in a one-hour show that earned a Telly, an American Industry Award for Excellence in TV and Commercial Broadcasting. Susan made a second trip to Voi, Kenya in East Africa in August 2005 and later Tanzania in 2006 to build a school there.
Hay has won numerous accolades including: the 2009 Rotary Youth Impact Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to youth and young adults, the 2007 Spirit of Giving Award from the Reach for the Rainbow and the 2004 Consumer Choice Woman of the Year Award, an honour given to someone selected by the public.
In 2000, Hay received an Outstanding Woman in her Field Award for In Celebration of Women, an award given to women who have excelled in media and have assisted in raising awareness and funds for worthwhile causes. Hay also received the Distinguished Diamond Award for her role in assisting charitable causes for the betterment of the community. Her Alma Mater, Canadore College, presented her with an honourary diploma for Communication Arts and established a scholarship in her name, and Mohawk College presented Hay with their Honourary Andy Award, given for excellence in the media industry.
Hay was also awarded the Canadian Crime Victim Foundation Award of Honour for making a difference in the lives of others here and abroad.
In 2009, she received the Gemini Humanitarian Award, presented to an individual for their exceptional contributions and commitments to community and public service outside the Canadian television industry.
Aside from her busy home life, Susan enjoys running and has completed three marathons including the Ottawa Citizen National Capital Marathon, the Barbados Marathon and the Hawaii Marathon, all in aid of Leukemia and Lymphoma research.
Phyllis Ridgway was born in 1907 in Lincolnshire, England.
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