Ontario Heritage Trust celebrates community heritage volunteers



    TORONTO, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - The Ontario Heritage Trust is honouring 236
volunteers through its 2008 Heritage Community Recognition Program for
significant contributions to built, cultural and natural heritage preservation
across the province. Special awards will be presented by the Honourable David
C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
    "Through their work to conserve Ontario's heritage, these volunteers have
enriched our communities and we are grateful for their efforts," said the
Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. "I am pleased that
they are being celebrated for their tremendous accomplishments."
    "We are proud to recognize these volunteers for their role in keeping
Ontario's heritage alive," said the Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander, Chairman
of the Ontario Heritage Trust.
    Twenty-two (22) of the recipients will be presented with the Lieutenant
Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement, recognizing
sustained volunteer contributions to community heritage over a period of 25
years or more. The Lieutenant Governor will present the awards at Queen's Park
on February 20, 2009, as part of the province's Heritage Week celebrations.
Recipients will be announced in advance of the ceremony.
    "The achievements of these dedicated volunteers help to strengthen
communities across Ontario," said Culture Minister Aileen Carroll. "Their hard
work ensures our rich heritage is conserved and celebrated for generations to
come."
    The annual Heritage Community Recognition Program helps communities
recognize volunteers for their work to preserve, protect and promote Ontario's
heritage. Presentation events are coordinated by the nominating councils.
    The Ontario Heritage Trust is an agency of the Government of Ontario,
dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting Ontario's
built, cultural and natural heritage for the benefit of present and future
generations.

    
    Quick Facts:

    - Since the Heritage Community Recognition Program began in 1996, the
      Trust has helped communities across Ontario recognize 3,160 local
      heritage volunteers.

    - The Trust also coordinates the Young Heritage Leaders program, which
      recognizes heritage volunteers under the age of 18.

    Learn More:

    - See the backgrounder on the 2008 Heritage Community Recognition Program
      to find out which communities are recognizing recipients.

    - Visit www.heritagetrust.on.ca for information on the nomination
      guidelines for the Heritage Community Recognition Program.


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    Backgrounder

                 2008 Heritage Community Recognition Program

    The annual Heritage Community Recognition Program helps communities
recognize volunteers for their work to preserve, protect and promote Ontario's
heritage. For information about the individual and group recipients for 2008,
please contact the office of the nominating municipal council, regional
council, First Nation band council or Métis community council. Recipients were
nominated by the following councils:

    Akewsasne (Mohawk Council of)        Mississippi Mills (Town of)
    Aurora (Town of)                     Mono (Town of)
    Bluewater (Municipality of)          Newmarket (Town of)
    Bradford West Gwillimbury (Town of)  Niagara Falls (City of)
    Brampton (City of)                   Oakville (Town of)
    Brant (County of)                    Oro-Medonte (Township of)
    Brantford (City of)                  Ottawa (City of)
    Central Elgin (Municipality of)      Owen Sound (City of)
    Clarington (Municipality of)         Peterborough (City of)
    Cobalt (Town of)                     Peterborough (County of)
    Cobourg (Town of)                    Port Hope (Municipality of)
    Credit River (Métis Council)         Prince Edward County
    East Hawkesbury (Township of)        Rideau Lakes (Township of)
    Elizabethtown-Kitley (Township of)   Russell (Township of)
    Georgina (Town of)                   Saugeen Shores (Town of)
    Hamilton (City of)                   Scugog (Township of)
    Kenora (City of)                     Springwater (Township of)
    King (Township of)                   St. Clair (Township of)
    Lake of Bays (Township of)           Tay (Township of)
    Markham (Town of)                    Thorold (City of)
    McNab-Braeside (Township of)         Tiny (Township of)
    Métis Nation of Ontario Women's      Uxbridge (Township of)
     Secretariat                         Vaughan (City of)
    Midland (Town of)                    Waterloo (Regional Municipality of)
    Milton (Town of)                     Windsor (City of)
    Mississauga (City of)

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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


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