Media Advisory - John Sandfield Macdonald honoured as Ontario Heritage Trust launches Premiers' Gravesites Program


    TORONTO, Nov. 10 /CNW/ --------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Date:        Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 2 p.m.
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    Location:    St. Andrews Catholic Church
                 Highway 138 and County Road 18
                 St. Andrews West
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    Directions:  From Highway 401 at Cornwall, take exit 789. Turn left
                 (north) onto Brookdale Avenue (Highway 138). When the road
                 comes to a "T," turn right (east) onto Cornwall Centre Road.
                 Turn left (north) onto St. Andrews Road. The church is
                 located at the intersection of Highway 138 and County Road
                 18.
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    Photo        Launch of Premiers' Gravesites Program and unveiling of
    opportunity  commemorative marker
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    Contact:     Gordon Pim
                 Marketing and Communications Coordinator
                 Telephone: 416-325-1484
                 E-mail: gordon.pim@heritagetrust.on.ca
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------Join the Ontario Heritage Trust as we launch the Premiers' Gravesites
Program in Eastern Ontario with a ceremony honouring The Honourable John
Sandfield Macdonald, Ontario's first premier.
    In 2007, the Ontario Minister of Culture announced funding for the
Premiers' Gravesites Program. Because of its experience with the Provincial
Plaque Program, the Ontario Heritage Trust was chosen to administer this
exciting new program as an extension of its commemorative role.
    The Premiers' Gravesites Program honours Ontario's former premiers and
their service to Ontario by marking their gravesites. Bronze markers have been
specially designed and each one will be inscribed with the individual
premier's name and dates of service. The Trust will mark and commemorate these
gravesites in chronological order based on each premier's term of service. The
Honourable John Sandfield Macdonald will be the first premier to be honoured
through this program.
    A lawyer from the Cornwall area, Macdonald was the first premier of the
province of Ontario. In 1841, he was elected to the first Legislative Assembly
of the Province of Canada. He went on to serve important roles in all eight
assemblies before Confederation. An ally of first Prime Minister Sir John A.
Macdonald, John Sandfield Macdonald was appointed premier of Ontario at
Confederation. He held the position until 1871, and died soon after at
Cornwall.

    The Ontario Heritage Trust - the province's lead heritage agency - is
dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting Ontario's rich
and varied heritage for the benefit of present and future generations.Aussi disponible en français
For further information: Gordon Pim, Marketing and Communications
Coordinator, Ontario Heritage Trust, Telephone: (416) 325-1484, E-mail:
gordon.pim@heritagetrust.on.ca