TORONTO, Feb. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - As part of the province's Heritage Week
celebrations, the 2011 Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Awards
will be presented for outstanding contributions to the identification,
preservation, protection and promotion of Ontario's heritage.
"Conserving our heritage is an integral part of preserving the quality
of life we enjoy here in Ontario," said the Honourable David C. Onley,
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. "I'm delighted to recognize these
volunteers and communities for their outstanding achievements."
The 2011 Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Awards recognize the
15 individuals will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for volunteer
contributions to conserving community heritage over a period of 25
years or more
One individual and one group will receive the Youth Achievement Award
for exceptional voluntary contributions by young people to heritage
conservation. The individual honouree will also receive a $2,000
post-secondary scholarship, jointly funded by the Ontario Heritage
Trust and Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life - sponsors of
the Trust's Young Heritage Leaders program.
One young person will receive the 2011 Black Heritage and Culture award
and scholarship in celebration of the International Year for People of
African Descent. The $2,000 post-secondary scholarship is being awarded
as part of the Ontario Heritage Trust's commemorative activities for
the International Year in 2011, with funding from the Government of
Four communities will receive the Community Leadership Award for
exemplary leadership in heritage conservation and promotion.
"I am inspired by the exceptional volunteers and communities receiving
these awards," said Dr. Thomas H.B. Symons, Chairman of the Ontario
Heritage Trust. "Their work to protect and promote heritage represents
an invaluable contribution to the province and to their fellow
The City of Brampton, Township of Lake of Bays, the Township of Scugog
and the Region of Waterloo will be receiving the Lieutenant Governor's
Ontario Heritage Award for Community Leadership.
"We are honoured that the City of Brampton has been selected to receive
the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Community
Leadership," said Susan Fennell, Mayor of Brampton. "We remain strongly
committed to preserving our heritage, and this award recognizes the
City of Brampton's efforts to keep this rich history alive."
"It gives me great pleasure and I am honoured to receive this award on
behalf of the Township of Lake of Bays," said Robert Young, Mayor of
Lake of Bays. It acknowledges the hard work and perseverance of the
many volunteers on our heritage programs and the commitment of the
Township and its constituents to the preservation of its
heritage. Heritage is irreplaceable."
"Scugog is proud to be recognized with this award," said Chuck Mercier,
Mayor of Scugog. "Our community is well known for respecting our
heritage, as we actively preserve our diverse history through events,
celebrations and education. This has made Scugog one of the most
desirable communities to live in and visit - a place where creativity
and innovation prepare us for a prosperous future."
"The Region of Waterloo is honoured to receive the Lieutenant Governor's
Ontario Heritage Award for Community Leadership," said Ken Seiling,
Waterloo Regional Chair. "The Region has had a long involvement and
commitment to heritage conservation and promotion and we are dedicated
to being good stewards of the Region's heritage resources and promoting
the same in the broader community."
The Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Awards are administered by
the Ontario Heritage Trust, an agency of the Government of Ontario
dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting
The Lieutenant Governor will present the awards at a Queen's Park
ceremony on February 24, 2012, in the presence of the Chairman of the
Ontario Heritage Trust.
Nominations for the awards are submitted annually by municipal and
regional councils, First Nation band councils, Métis community councils
and schools from across the province to recognize local contributions
to heritage conservation.
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Ontario Heritage Trust
Marketing and Communications
Office of the Lieutenant Governor
City of Brampton
Senior Advisor, Media Communications
Township of Lake of Bays
Telephone: 705-635-2272, ext. 236
Township of Scugog
Telephone: 905-985-7346, ext. 116
Region of Waterloo
Director of Community Services