Walter Gretzky, Doctor of Laws


[img_inline align=”right” src=”” caption=”Walter Gretsky”]Walter Gretzky grew up in Canning, Ontario, near Paris. After completing high school, he began working with Bell Canada, where he worked for 34 years before retiring.

Gretzky is active with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, raising funds for them and for the Wayne & Walter Scholarship Fund for first-year university students who are visually impaired. He is also a founder of SCORE (Summer Computer Opportunities in Recreation and Education), a summer camp that teaches visually impaired young people how to work with the latest technology.

A stroke survivor, Gretzky is a spokesperson for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

Gretzky has received many honours, including Brantford's Citizen of the Year in 1996 and the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. He was also inducted into Brantford's “Walk of Fame.”

He has also published two successful books: From the Backyard Rink to the Stanley Cup and Walter Gretzky: On Family, Hockey and Healing.

Honorary degrees are awarded to persons who are distinguished scholars or who have made outstanding contributions to the creative or performing arts; to persons who have distinguished reputations in the area of public service or who have had long and distinguished careers; or to persons who have made noteworthy contributions to McMaster and/or the local community.