Ontario Heritage Trust recognizes young heritage leaders



    TORONTO, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - The Ontario Heritage Trust is honouring 324
youth through its 2008 Young Heritage Leaders program for significant
voluntary 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 leadership and commitment, these young volunteers have
proven themselves admirable role models," said the Honourable David C. Onley,
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. "By recognizing their accomplishments, we are
encouraging their growth and potential."
    "I'm pleased to see these youth celebrated for their contributions to
conserving Ontario's heritage," said the Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander,
Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust.
    Of the recipients, one individual and two groups will be recognized with
the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Youth Achievement. This
award recognizes the most exceptional groups and the most outstanding
individual nominee under the Young Heritage Leaders program. 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.
    "Through the Young Heritage Leaders program, these young people are
working to preserve, promote, and protect Ontario's heritage," said Culture
Minister Aileen Carroll. "Our young volunteers should be proud of the
difference they are making in their communities."
    The individual recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's Award also receives
a $2,000 scholarship for post-secondary education jointly funded by the
Ontario Heritage Trust and by Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life.
The companies' funding for the scholarship, as well as the funding for the
Young Heritage Leaders program, comes through The Key to GivingTM, their
national corporate citizenship program. Through The Key to Giving, the
companies contribute to non-profit, charitable and community organizations
across the country to address health and wellness, education, social services,
arts and culture and civic initiatives. The Key to Giving also supports the
volunteer involvement of staff and financial security advisors in their
efforts to meet the needs of the communities in which they live and work.
    "We have sponsored Young Heritage Leaders over the past decade because we
appreciate the value of encouraging youth to take the lead in preserving local
heritage and ecology," said Jan Belanger, Assistant Vice-President, Community
Affairs, for Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life. "We are proud that
our long-term support has helped the Ontario Heritage Trust recognize young
leaders who inspire their peers to greater involvement as we all work to build
stronger communities together."
    The Ontario Heritage Trust's annual Young Heritage Leaders program helps
communities recognize young volunteers for their work to preserve, protect and
promote Ontario's heritage. Presentation events are coordinated by the
nominating councils and schools.
    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 Young Heritage Leaders began in 2000, the Trust has helped
        communities across Ontario recognize 3,721 young volunteers.
    -   The Trust also coordinates the Heritage Community Recognition
        Program, which recognizes adult volunteers.

    Learn More:

    -   See the backgrounder on the 2008 Young Heritage Leaders program to
        find out which communities and schools are recognizing recipients.
    -   Visit www.heritagetrust.on.ca for information on the nomination
        guidelines for Young Heritage Leaders.

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                                 Backgrounder

                     2008 Young Heritage Leaders program

    The annual Young Heritage Leaders program helps communities recognize
young volunteers for their work to preserve, protect and promote Ontario's
heritage. For information about the individual and group recipients for 2008
and their achievements, please contact the office of the nominating council or
school. Recipients were nominated by the following councils and schools:

    Councils:                          Schools:
    Aurora (Town of)                   Abbey Park High School (Oakville)
    Belleville (City of)               Ecole Elémentaire Catholique Ste.
    Brock (Township of)                 Lucie (Long Sault)
    Brockville (City of)               Eastview Secondary School (Barrie)
    Grenoble Public School (Toronto)   Holy Cross Secondary School (St.
    Halton (Regional Municipality of)   Catharines)
    Huntsville (Town of)               Immaculata High School (Ottawa)
    Innisfil (Town of)                 Nbisiing Secondary School (North Bay)
    Kingston (City of)                 Pretty River Academy (Collingwood)
    Oakville (Town of)                 R.H. King Academy (Toronto)
    Peterborough (City of)             Royal Canadian Army Cadets
    Saugeen Shores (Town of)            (Scarborough)
    Scugog (Township of)               Sir Winston Churchill C.V.I. (Thunder
    Waterloo (Region of)                Bay)
                                       Smiths Falls District Collegiate
                                        Institute
                                       St. Laurent Academy (Ottawa)
                                       St. Mark's Coptic Museum (Scarborough)

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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; Marlene Klassen, Assistant Vice-President,
Communication Services, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life,
Telephone: (204) 946-7705, E-mail: marlene.klassen@gwl.ca


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