Lieutenant Governor recognizes volunteers and communities for work to conserve Ontario's heritage



    TORONTO, Feb. 18 /CNW/ - The 2008 Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage
Awards will be presented to 23 individuals, two youth groups and four
communities for outstanding contributions to the preservation, protection and
promotion of Ontario's heritage.
    
    The award recognizes achievements in conservation in three categories:

    -  22 individuals will receive the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage
       Award for Lifetime Achievement for volunteer contributions to
       conserving community heritage over a period of 25 years or more

    -  One individual and two groups will receive the Lieutenant Governor's
       Ontario Heritage Award for Youth Achievement for exceptional voluntary
       contributions by young people to heritage conservation

    -  Four communities will receive the new Lieutenant Governor's Ontario
       Heritage Award for Community Leadership for exemplary leadership in
       heritage conservation and promotion

    "By helping to preserve the distinct character of our communities, these
award recipients have made a significant contribution to the province," said
the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. "Their
voluntarism is admirable and all Ontarians should be proud of their dedication
to our heritage."
    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.
    "These individuals and communities deserve recognition for their
accomplishments," said Mr. Alexander. "I'm particularly pleased about the new
award for community leadership, which will highlight communities leading the
way in heritage conservation across the province."
    The individual recipient of the Youth Achievement Award is also given a
$2,000 scholarship to assist with future post-secondary education. The
scholarship is funded by the Ontario Heritage Trust and Great-West Life,
London Life and Canada Life, sponsors of the Trust's Young Heritage Leaders
program.
    "These award recipients have made outstanding contributions to communities
across the province," said Culture Minister Aileen Carroll. "Heritage Week is
a fitting time to celebrate their commitment to heritage conservation."
    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 backgrounder on the 2008 Lieutenant Governor's Ontario
       Heritage Awards for a list of recipients.

    -  Visit www.heritagetrust.on.ca or www.lt.gov.on.ca for more information
       on the awards.

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                                                                Backgrounder

             2008 Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Awards

    The annual Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Awards recognize
volunteers and communities for outstanding contributions to the preservation,
protection and promotion of Ontario's heritage. For more information on the
recipients and their achievements, please contact the local council or school.
The recipients are:

    Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement

      -  Paul Arculus, Township of Scugog
      -  Fred Bemrose, County of Brant
      -  Harry Buxton, Town of Oakville
      -  Robert Terence Carter, Town of Newmarket
      -  Mary Finley, City of Mississauga
      -  Eldon Grant, Township of St. Clair
      -  John Harkness, City of Niagara Falls
      -  Lorna Johnston, Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley
      -  Martha Ann Kidd, City of Peterborough
      -  Stewart Leslie, City of Hamilton
      -  Gilles LeVasseur, Township of Russell
      -  Robert Mikel, Town of Cobourg
      -  Pamela J. Minns, City of Thorold
      -  David Mitchell, County of Peterborough
      -  Russ Nicholls, Township of Lake of Bays
      -  G. Leslie Oliver, Town of Aurora
      -  Neil Patterson, Township of Rideau Lakes
      -  Warren Stauch, Regional Municipality of Waterloo
      -  Mary Stedman, City of Brantford
      -  Hope Thompson, Town of Georgina
      -  Bill Turvey, Municipality of Central Elgin
      -  Gerry Wheatley, Town of Mississippi Mills

    Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Youth Achievement

    Groups:
      -  Leadership Pathway Historical Research Guide Group, R.H. King
         Academy (Toronto)
      -  Macoun Marsh Youth Board, St. Laurent Academy (Ottawa)

    Individual award and scholarship:
      -  Meagan McKeen, Abbey Park High School (Oakville)

    Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Community Leadership

    Population under 10,000:
      -  Town of Perth

    Population of 10,000 to 50,000:
      -  Municipality of Port Hope

    Population of 50,000 to 125,000:
      -  City of Kingston

    Population over 125,000:
      -  Town of Markham

    Community Leadership Honourable Mentions:
      -  Village of Manotick
      -  City of Thorold
      -  Town of Aurora
      -  City of Hamilton


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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; Nanda Casucci-Byrne, Chief of Staff, Office
of the Lieutenant Governor, Telephone: (416) 325-7780, E-mail:
nanda.casuccibyrne@ontario.ca


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