2010 Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award recipients announced

TORONTO, Feb. 18 /CNW/ - As part of the province's Heritage Week celebrations, the 2010 Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Awards will be presented for outstanding contributions to the identification, preservation, protection and promotion of Ontario's heritage.

"By working to conserve local heritage, these award recipients have made important contributions to enhancing the quality of life in their communities," said the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. "I'm delighted to recognize their achievements."

The Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Awards recognize achievements in three categories:

  • 10 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 two groups 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.
  • Two communities will receive the Community Leadership Award for exemplary leadership in heritage conservation and promotion.

"The recipients of these awards have made exceptional contributions to conserving Ontario's heritage," said Dr. Thomas H.B. Symons, Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust. "We are pleased to see them receive special recognition from the Lieutenant Governor."

The Town of Cobourg and the City of Peterborough will be receiving the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Community Leadership. The City of Brampton will be recognized with an honourable mention.

"I am honoured to receive this award on behalf of the many volunteers in this community who have worked hard over the years to protect and preserve our town's history," said Cobourg Mayor Gil Brocanier. "As part of the Town's Strategic Vision, resources were invested with the goal of creating one of Ontario's leading heritage programs. Our community currently has over 700 properties on our Heritage Register allowing us to move forward with the confidence that our resources are protected."

"I am delighted that the City of Peterborough has been chosen as a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Community Leadership," said Peterborough Mayor Daryl Bennett. "This recognition represents a wonderful acknowledgment of the spirit of generations of people in helping to create a prosperous and sustainable 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 Ontario's heritage.

Quick Facts:

  • The Lieutenant Governor will present the awards at a Queen's Park ceremony on February 25, 2011, with 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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SOURCE Ontario Heritage Trust

For further information:

Ontario Heritage Trust:
Catrina Colme
Senior Marketing and Communications Specialist
Telephone: 416-325-5074
Email: catrina.colme@heritagetrust.on.ca

Office of the Lieutenant Governor:
Nanda Casucci-Byrne
Chief of Staff
Telephone: 416-325-7780

Town of Cobourg:
Gil Brocanier
Mayor
Telephone: 289-251-5939
Email: gbrocanier@cobourg.ca

City of Peterborough:
Erik R. Hanson
Heritage Resources Coordinator
Telephone: 705-742-7777 ext. 1489
Email: ehanson@peterborough.ca


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