TORONTO, May 17 /CNW/ - The Ontario Heritage Trust is seeking
nominations to its Young Heritage Leaders, Heritage Community
Recognition and Community Leadership programs. The annual nomination deadline is June 30.
The Trust's recognition programs celebrate volunteer and community
contributions to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting
Ontario's heritage. The Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award is
the highest level of recognition awarded through the programs.
"We commend communities and volunteers working to recognize, protect and
celebrate Ontario's heritage," said Dr. Thomas H.B. Symons, Chairman of
the Ontario Heritage Trust. "I encourage schools and communities to
submit nominations and help us recognize these contributions."
"Heritage gives our communities character and tells the stories of our
past," said Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism and Culture. "Communities
and volunteers helping to conserve Ontario's heritage contribute to
enriching our province for the benefit of residents and visitors
Achievements in built, cultural and natural heritage conservation are
eligible for recognition through the programs:
Young Heritage Leaders recognizes exceptional young volunteers. The top individual and group
nominees are eligible for the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage
Award for Youth Achievement. The most outstanding individual also
receives a $2,000 post-secondary scholarship, awarded by the Ontario
Heritage Trust and program sponsors Great-West Life, London Life and
The Heritage Community Recognition Program celebrates volunteers for local conservation activities. Individuals
with contributions over a period of 25 years or more can be nominated
for the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Lifetime
The Community Leadership Program recognizes communities for leadership in heritage conservation and
promotion. Through the program, communities can nominate themselves for
the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Community
Nominations to the recognition programs must be endorsed by a motion of
a municipal council, regional council, First Nation band council or
Métis community council and include supporting material. For Young
Heritage Leaders, school principals can also endorse nominations.
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.
"We have sponsored Young Heritage Leaders over the past decade because
we appreciate the value of encouraging young people 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. "It's a privilege to help the Ontario Heritage Trust
recognize and inspire young citizens to greater involvement as we all
work to build stronger communities together."
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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