Ashton will represent Nova Scotia
OTTAWA, April 25, 2014 /CNW/ - Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced today
the appointment of John Ashton as a representative for Nova Scotia on
the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC). His mandate
will be for three years.
A resident of Pictou County in Nova Scotia, John Ashton is a
businessman, graphic designer and historical researcher. He is the
Coordinator of the Historical Community Kiosk Project, aimed at
promoting tourism and the history of rural municipalities using
interpretive panels. A volunteer who is active in his community, Mr.
Ashton has numerous years of experience leading historical and
Created in 1919, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
advises the Minister of the Environment on the national historic
significance of places, people and events that have marked Canada's
history. Together with Parks Canada, the Board ensures that these
subjects of national historic significance are recognized appropriately
and shared with Canadians and visitors alike.
Parks Canada manages a nation-wide network of national historic sites
that make up the rich tapestry of Canada's cultural heritage offering
visitors an opportunity for real and inspiring discoveries.
The Board is made up of 16 members: 13 representatives from each of the
provinces and territories, along with representatives from Library and
Archives Canada and the Canadian Museum of History, and a
representative from Parks Canada who also acts as the Board's
To be a member of the HSMBC, an individual must reside in the province
or territory that he or she represents, and have knowledge of its
history and of the historical trends that shaped the development of
Canada as a whole.
Based on recommendations from the HSMBC, to date, the Government of
Canada has designated over 2,000 national historic sites, events and
"Our Government is committed to protecting our historic sites to ensure
they are enjoyed by Canadians and visitors from around the world for
generations to come. Having John Ashton represent Nova Scotia on the
Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, will further contribute
to protecting our shared heritage well into the future. Having known
and worked with John for years on numerous projects, I know the Board
will benefit from his knowledge and his experience. He brings a passion
and perspective on history that is truly impressive."
Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, Minister of Justice and
Attorney General of Canada
Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
Image with caption: "John Ashton will represent Nova Scotia on the Historical Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. (CNW Group/Parks Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140425_C5210_PHOTO_EN_39648.jpg
SOURCE: Parks Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of the Environment
Media Relations Parks Canada