Ontario Heritage Trust celebrates volunteers and communities for achievements in conservation

TORONTO, Feb. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Ontario Heritage Trust announced the recipients of its annual programs recognizing contributions to the conservation of Ontario's heritage.

The Trust's recognition programs honour achievements in built, cultural and natural heritage conservation. The Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award is the highest award given through the programs. This year's program recipients include:

  • 219 young volunteers being recognized as Young Heritage Leaders. Of these, one individual and three groups will receive the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Youth Achievement.
  • 184 volunteers being honoured through the Heritage Community Recognition Program for local conservation activities. Of these, 10 individuals with contributions over a period of 25 years or more will receive the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement.
  • Two communities being recognized through the Community Leadership Program will receive the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Community Leadership for demonstrating exemplary leadership in heritage conservation and promotion.

Presentation events for the Young Heritage Leaders and Heritage Community Recognition Program recipients are held in local communities, coordinated by the nominating councils and schools. The Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award recipients will be presented with their awards at Queen's Park in Toronto on February 22.

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. One individual recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Youth Achievement 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.

"As we celebrate Heritage Week, we are reminded of the many dedicated volunteers who work to strengthen our communities and preserve our rich and varied heritage. Their contributions have helped to make Ontario the diverse and vibrant province it is today."
—     Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

"Each year, volunteers and communities work tirelessly to conserve and promote local heritage, ensuring that our collective history remains alive and meaningful for years to come. We are proud to recognize their leadership and celebrate their achievements with these awards."
— Thomas H.B. Symons, Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust

"We have sponsored Young Heritage Leaders for more than a decade because we understand the value of encouraging youth to take the lead in preserving local heritage and ecology. We are pleased that our long-term support helps the Ontario Heritage Trust recognize and inspire young leaders to greater involvement as we all work to build stronger communities together."
Jan Belanger, Assistant Vice-President, Community Affairs, 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 programs, contact Liane Nowosielski at 416-325-5074 or liane.nowosielski@heritagetrust.on.ca.

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 marlene.klassen@gwl.ca.

Ontario Heritage Trust
10 Adelaide Street East
Toronto, Ontario  M5C 1J3
Telephone: 416-325-5015
Fax: 416-314-0744



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