TORONTO, Feb. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, the Ontario Heritage Trust
announced the recipients of its annual programs recognizing
contributions to conserving Ontario's heritage.
"The Ontario Heritage Trust is proud to be working with municipalities
to recognize volunteers for contributions to conserving local
heritage," said Dr. Thomas H.B. Symons, Chairman of the Ontario
Heritage Trust. "By working to ensure that heritage remains a vital and
vibrant part of our communities, they are helping to share and promote
The Trust's recognition programs honour achievements in built, cultural
and natural heritage conservation. The Lieutenant Governor's Ontario
Heritage Award is the highest award given through the programs. This
year's program recipients include:
55 young volunteers being recognized as Young Heritage Leaders. Of these, two individuals and one group will receive the Lieutenant
Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Youth Achievement, including an
award and scholarship in celebration of the 2011 International Year for
People of African Descent.
139 volunteers being honoured through the Heritage Community Recognition Program for local conservation activities. Of these, 15 individuals with
contributions over a period of 25 years or more will receive the
Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Four communities being recognized through the Community Leadership Program will receive the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for
Community Leadership for demonstrating exemplary leadership in heritage
conservation and promotion.
Presentation events for the Young Heritage Leaders and Heritage
Community Recognition Program recipients are held in local communities,
coordinated by the nominating councils and schools. The Lieutenant
Governor's Ontario Heritage Award recipients will be presented with
their awards at Queen's Park in Toronto on February 24.
"Heritage Week is an ideal opportunity to celebrate communities and
volunteers across the province who have achieved excellence in heritage
conservation," said Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and
Sport. "Congratulations to all our recipients - your important
contributions help honour our shared history while attracting Ontarians
and visitors alike to explore and experience all that our great
province has to offer."
Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life have supported the Young
Heritage Leaders program since its inception with funding through the
companies' national corporate citizenship program. One individual
recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Youth
Achievement will be presented with a $2,000 post-secondary scholarship,
jointly funded by the Ontario Heritage Trust and Great-West Life,
London Life and Canada Life.
"We have sponsored Young Heritage Leaders for more than a decade because
we understand the value of encouraging youth to take the lead in
preserving local heritage and ecology," said Jan Belanger, Assistant
Vice-President, Community Affairs, for Great-West Life, London Life and
Canada Life. "We are pleased that our long-term support helps the
Ontario Heritage Trust recognize and inspire young leaders to greater
involvement as we all work to build stronger communities together."
A second $2,000 scholarship for youth achievement will be presented in
celebration of the 2011 International Year for People of African
Descent, with funding from the Government of Ontario.
The Ontario Heritage Trust is an agency of the Government of Ontario,
dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting
Ontario's heritage for the benefit of present and future generations.
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