Youth achievements celebrated by the Ontario Heritage Trust



    TORONTO, Feb. 6 /CNW/ - Over 300 young people across the province are
being recognized through the Ontario Heritage Trust's 2007 Young Heritage
Leaders program for outstanding voluntary contributions to built, cultural and
natural heritage preservation with special awards to be presented by The
Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
    "The time and energy given by these young people in preserving Ontario's
heritage is truly remarkable," said Mr. Onley. "Their work will ensure that
future generations will benefit from their efforts."
    "With their interest in history and willingness to step into leadership,
these youth are poised to become future heritage champions," said The
Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander, Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust. "I'm
delighted they are being recognized and encouraged by their schools and
communities."
    Included among the program honourees for 2007 are one individual and
three groups who will receive the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award
for Youth Achievement. This award recognizes the most exceptional groups in
the built, cultural and natural heritage nomination categories of the Young
Heritage Leaders program, and the most outstanding individual nominee across
all categories. The Lieutenant Governor will present the awards at Queen's
Park on February 21, 2008, as part of the province's Heritage Week
celebrations.
    "These young volunteers are helping to conserve the unique features of
their communities and ensure that Ontario's stories are passed on to future
generations," said Aileen Carroll, Minister of Culture. "I'm proud to see
youth taking an active role to help preserve, protect and promote our rich and
diverse heritage."
    The most exceptional individual Young Heritage Leaders nominee also
receives a $2,000 scholarship for post-secondary education. The scholarship is
funded by the Ontario Heritage Trust and through The Key to Giving(TM) - the
national corporate citizenship program of Great-West Life, London Life and
Canada Life. 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 program 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're pleased to continue our support of the Young Heritage Leaders
program and to help further the education of a promising young community
leader," said Jan Belanger, Assistant Vice-President, Community Affairs for
Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life. "Recognizing and encouraging the
achievements of young people is essential to helping them foster their
leadership skills, now and for the future. We're proud to support this type of
initiative: one that has a sustained, positive impact on both individuals and
our communities."
    Since Young Heritage Leaders was introduced in the year 2000, more than
3,300 young people have been recognized for local heritage preservation
activities. This program complements the Ontario Heritage Trust's successful
Heritage Community Recognition Program, which recognizes adult volunteers for
contributions to heritage conservation.

    The Ontario Heritage Trust is the province's lead heritage agency. The
Trust is dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting
Ontario's built, cultural and natural heritage for the benefit of present and
future generations.

    For more information about the recipients or community presentation
events, please contact the office of the nominating municipal council,
regional council or school. A list of the nominating councils and schools for
this year's recipients is attached.

    
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    2007 Young Heritage Leaders program recipients were nominated by the
    following councils or schools:

    -   Aurora (Town of)
    -   Canterbury High School (Ottawa)
    -   Central Elgin (Municipality of)
    -   Collingwood (Town of)
    -   Ecole secondaire catholique Le Relais (Alexandria)
    -   Goderich (Town of)
    -   Huntsville (Town of)
    -   Madawaska Valley (Township of)
    -   Mitchell District High School
    -   Ottawa (City of)
    -   Our Lady of the Lake Catholic College School (Keswick)
    -   Perth (Municipality of)
    -   Peterborough (City of)
    -   Port Perry High School
    -   Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute
    -   St. Joseph's High School (Barrie)
    -   Tiny (Township of)
    -   Waterloo (Regional Municipality of)
    -   York Region District School Board
    





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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