Oshawa City Council will be naming a future parkette in honour of the late Dr. Buxton George Blake, an original founder of the Pinewood Centre of Lakeridge Health in Oshawa. The parkette will be located at the end of Royal Street, adjacent to the Oshawa Creek Valley and just south of the Pinewood Centre. It will open to the public in 2020.
The late Dr. Blake was born in Jamaica and served in the British Royal Air Force in World War II. He relocated to Ontario in 1966 and lived in the Town of Whitby prior to moving to Oshawa in the early 1980s, where he lived until he passed away on January 10, 2018 at the age of 95.
Dr. Blake worked as a psychologist who specialized in helping individuals with addiction health challenges. He founded Pinewood Centre, which helps individuals work through their challenges with addictions or mental health. Dr. Blake was also one of the original founders of Storytellers of Canada and founder of the Durham Folklore Storytellers. In 2014, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award under the African Canadian Achievement Awards Program.
“Dr. George Blake was a remarkable, talented, and capable person in many areas of life, who contributed significantly to the betterment of our community,” said Councillor Rick Kerr, Chair of the Community Services Committee. “This parkette will be a place of solace, contemplation, and perhaps music and storytelling – all traits which exemplify who Dr. Blake was.”