Town of Markham receives Lieutenant Governor's award



    MARKHAM, ON, Feb. 18 /CNW/ - The Town of Markham 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 Town of Markham 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 Town of Markham 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).
    "I'm very proud that Markham is being honoured by this prestigious
award," said Frank Scarpitti, Mayor of the Town of Markham. "It is a
significant recognition of our commitment to preserving and remembering both
our heritage and the contributions of previous generations in creating the
dynamic community we are today."
    Due to the Town of Markham's exemplary leadership, much of the
community's cultural and natural heritage has been preserved, despite the
development pressures it faces. Since its municipal heritage committee was
created in 1975, Markham has designated over 250 properties under the Ontario
Heritage Act, as well as three Heritage Conservation Districts. The town has
an outstanding history of protecting and restoring municipally owned
properties and offers a variety of incentive programs to owners of designated
properties.
    Markham also has strategies in place to preserve and renew natural
heritage, such the Trees for Tomorrow campaign, which will have planted 75,000
trees on public and private lands over the four years of this term of council.
In addition, the town owns and operates several heritage sites, has a number
of active historical societies and heritage property owners' associations, and
has participated in Doors Open Ontario since 2003. Markham received the
Heritage Canada Foundation's Prince of Wales Prize in 2000.
    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; Janet Carnegie, Director, Communications &
Community Relations, Town of Markham, Telephone: (905) 475-4723, E-mail:
jcarnegie@markham.ca


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