TORONTO, Feb. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Ontario Heritage Trust
announced the recipients of its annual programs recognizing
contributions to the conservation of Ontario's heritage.
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:
219 young volunteers being recognized as Young Heritage Leaders. Of these, one individual and three groups will receive the Lieutenant
Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Youth Achievement.
184 volunteers being honoured through the Heritage Community Recognition Program for local conservation activities. Of these, 10 individuals with
contributions over a period of 25 years or more will receive the
Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Two 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 22.
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.
"As we celebrate Heritage Week, we are reminded of the many dedicated
volunteers who work to strengthen our communities and preserve our rich
and varied heritage. Their contributions have helped to make Ontario
the diverse and vibrant province it is today."
— Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
"Each year, volunteers and communities work tirelessly to conserve and
promote local heritage, ensuring that our collective history remains
alive and meaningful for years to come. We are proud to recognize their
leadership and celebrate their achievements with these awards."
— Thomas H.B. Symons, Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust
"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. 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."
— Jan Belanger, Assistant Vice-President, Community Affairs, Great-West
Life, London Life and Canada Life
The Ontario Heritage Trust is an agency of the Government of Ontario
dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting
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For further information:
For more information about the Trust's recognition programs, contact Liane Nowosielski at 416-325-5074 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life, contact Marlene Klassen, Assistant Vice-President, Communication Services, at 204-946-7705 or email@example.com.
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