City of Kingston receives Lieutenant Governor's award



    KINGSTON, ON, Feb. 18 /CNW/ - The City of Kingston is one of four
communities receiving the 2008 Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award
for Community Leadership. The award recognizes communities for exemplary
leadership in heritage conservation and promotion.
    "This award acknowledges communities on the leading edge of heritage
conservation in this province," said the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant
Governor of Ontario. "The City of Kingston should be proud of its
accomplishments."
    The Lieutenant Governor will present the awards at a Queen's Park
ceremony on February 20, in the presence of the Honourable Lincoln M.
Alexander, Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust, as part of the province's
Heritage Week celebrations. The awards will be presented in conjunction with
the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Awards recognizing volunteer
achievements.
    "We're delighted the City of Kingston is receiving this special award,"
said Mr. Alexander. "Their leadership in conserving local heritage sets a
strong example for other communities across the province."
    The Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Community Leadership
is awarded in four population sub-categories. The four recipients are: the
Town of Perth (population under 10,000), the Municipality of Port Hope
(population from 10,000 to 50,000), the City of Kingston (population of 50,000
to 125,000) and the Town of Markham (population over 125,000).
    "This provincial recognition of Kingston's central position on the
heritage map of Ontario is most welcome," said Harvey Rosen, Mayor of the City
of Kingston. "We are honoured to receive this award, bestowed upon a city
which is host, not only to the only World Heritage Site in the province, but
20 National Historic Sites, which we view as our trust for the benefit of all
Canadians."
    Kingston has a long history of protecting its cultural heritage
resources. The city helped develop the Kingston Act (1970) to protect heritage
properties prior to the creation of the Ontario Heritage Act. Home to one of
the older municipal heritage committees in Ontario, the Kingston Municipal
Heritage Committee celebrated its 50th anniversary in October 2008. The city
has more than 625 properties designated under the Ontario Heritage Act, over
90 identified archaeological sites, several sections of the Rideau Canal and
Kingston Fortifications UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the UNESCO Frontenac
Arch Biosphere. The City of Kingston owns over 20 heritage properties,
including three National Historic Sites, and is undertaking numerous
archaeological studies of its major parks and open spaces.
    The heritage planning program in Kingston is undergoing a transformation
to speak to issues of sense of place, cultural tourism, economic development,
sustainability, and community development and engagement. The city continues
to develop innovative heritage policies to proactively preserve its valuable
heritage resources.
    In addition to the recipients of the Community Leadership Award, four
communities are receiving honourable mentions: the Village of Manotick, the
City of Thorold, the Town of Aurora and the City of Hamilton.
    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's Ontario Heritage Awards were established in
        2007 by the Honourable James K. Bartleman, former Lieutenant Governor
        of Ontario, in partnership with the Ontario Heritage Trust.
    -   The Community Leadership Award was added in 2008. This will be the
        first time it is presented.

    Learn More:

    -   See the media release <a href="http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/February2009/18/c9378.html">Lieutenant Governor recognizes volunteers and</a>
        <a href="http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/February2009/18/c9378.html">communities for work to conserve Ontario's heritage</a> for information
        on all recipients of the 2008 Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage
        Awards.
    -   Visit www.heritagetrust.on.ca or www.lt.gov.on.ca for more
        information on the awards.

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For further information:

For further information: Catrina Colme, Marketing and Communications
Coordinator, Ontario Heritage Trust, Telephone: (416) 325-5074, E-mail:
catrina.colme@heritagetrust.on.ca; Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer, City
of Kingston, Utilities Kingston, Telephone: (613) 546-4291 ext. 3116, E-mail:
cashton@cityofkingston.ca


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