TORONTO, Feb. 27, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, the Ontario Heritage Trust, in partnership with the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, announced the recipients of the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Awards, recognizing individuals and groups who have made outstanding contributions to conserving Ontario's heritage.
Individuals, groups, and communities are recognized for demonstrating leadership, commitment, creativity, positive impact on their community and good conservation practices. The 2014 winners of the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Awards are:
Youth achievement - individual / Young Heritage Leaders scholarship
- Mélanie-Rose Frappier (Sudbury)
- Muhammad Qureshi (Mississauga)
Youth achievement - group
- Huzza for Freedom: Political Cartoons and the War of 1812 Exhibit (Toronto)
- Juno Beach Project (Smiths Falls, Oakville and Owen Sound)
- Métis Nation of Ontario Canoe Expedition (province wide project)
- Bill Darfler (Brantford)
- George Gordon (Oakville)
- Wayne Hunter (Brantford)
- Susan Laing (Clarington)
- William Marks (Bradford West Gwillimbury)
- Patricia Rosebrugh (Waterloo)
- Allan Smith (Grimsby)
- Barbara Weese (Greater Napanee)
Excellence in Conservation
- The City of Barrie and E.R.A. Architects Inc. for restoration of Allandale CNR Station
- John and Josefa Dunstall for the restoration of Grimsby Old Firehall
- The City of Mississauga, ATA Architects Inc. and Baker Turner Inc. for the rehabilitation of Holcim Waterfront Estate
Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life have supported the Young Heritage Leaders program since its inception with funding through the companies' national corporate citizenship program. The recipients of the Young Heritage Leaders scholarship will be presented with a $2,000 post-secondary scholarship, jointly funded by the Ontario Heritage Trust and Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life.
"On behalf of the people of Ontario, I want to thank and congratulate everyone honoured today for their exemplary achievements in conserving our province's heritage. Our precious natural landscapes and cultural treasures define who we are and what we value. It is through the dedication, excellence and innovation of individuals and communities such as these that Ontario's heritage will continue to be celebrated and enjoyed by future generations."
— The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
"Our province has a rich and diverse heritage and I'm proud of our government's ongoing commitment to preserve it. The efforts of those individuals, communities and organizations being recognized with a 2014 Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award deserve our praise and hopefully inspire more Ontarians to follow their lead. Congratulations to all those being honoured and thank you for your hard work."
— The Honourable Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
"Each year, we take this opportunity to celebrate exceptional contributions to conserving Ontario's rich cultural and natural heritage. These remarkable individuals have demonstrated creativity, leadership and excellence. Their commitment to preserving Ontario's tangible and intangible heritage deserves our highest praise."
— Thomas H.B. Symons, Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust
"We've supported the Ontario Heritage Trust's youth program for over a decade because it encourages young people to serve in their communities, preserving local heritage, protecting the environment and demonstrating excellence. Our shared goal is to empower and inspire young leaders to greater involvement and commitment to build strong, vibrant and diverse communities for the future."
— Jan Belanger, Vice-President, Community Relations, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life
The Ontario Heritage Trust is an agency of the Government of Ontario dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting Ontario's heritage.
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SOURCE Ontario Heritage Trust
For further information: For more information about the Trust's recognition program, contact Catrina Colme at 416-325-5074 or email@example.com; For more information about Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life, contact Marlene Klassen, Assistant Vice-President, Communication Services, at 204-946-7705 or firstname.lastname@example.org.