TORONTO, Feb. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - As part of the province's Heritage Week celebrations, the 2012 Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Awards will be presented for outstanding contributions to the identification, preservation, protection and promotion of Ontario's heritage.
The 2012 Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Awards recognize the following achievements:
- 10 individuals will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for volunteer contributions to the conservation of community heritage over a period of 25 years or more.
- One individual and three groups will receive the Youth Achievement Award for exceptional voluntary contributions by young people to heritage conservation. The individual honouree will also receive a $2,000 post-secondary scholarship, jointly funded by the Ontario Heritage Trust and Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life - sponsors of the Trust's Young Heritage Leaders program.
- Two communities will receive the Community Leadership Award for exemplary leadership in heritage conservation and promotion.
The City of Guelph and the Municipality of Wawa will be receiving the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Community Leadership.
"The outstanding contributions these award recipients have made to conserve their local heritage and enrich their communities will resonate for generations to come. I'm pleased to recognize their achievements today."
— The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
"The volunteers and communities receiving these awards are helping to keep Ontario's stories alive and meaningful by working to conserve and promote their heritage. The Ontario Heritage Trust is delighted to see their accomplishments highlighted with this special honour."
— Thomas H.B. Symons, Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust
"I am thrilled that our City has received this wonderful award and that three residents from Guelph are also being honoured. This reflects how our community values protecting its heritage and features that make Guelph unique."
— Karen Farbridge, Mayor of Guelph
"Our small community takes much pride in being recognized as a leader in this field. Acknowledging our culture and heritage was a positive step that made us look beyond our current challenges. We wish to thank all those who participated and would like to particularly recognize Johanna Rowe, local author and historian, who led the project to its success. We hope that others may learn from our experience."
— Linda Nowicki, Mayor of Wawa
- 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.
- The Lieutenant Governor will present the awards at a Queen's Park ceremony on February 22, 2013, in the presence of the Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust.
- Nominations for the awards are submitted annually by municipal and regional councils, First Nation band councils, Métis community councils and schools from across the province to recognize local contributions to heritage conservation.
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- See the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award recipients 2012 backgrounder.
- For additional information on the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Awards, including how to submit nominations, visit www.heritagetrust.on.ca or www.lt.gov.on.ca.
SOURCE: Ontario Heritage Trust
For further information:
Ontario Heritage Trust
Senior Marketing and Communications Specialist
Office of the Lieutenant Governor
City of Guelph
Senior Heritage Planner
Telephone: 519-822-5616, ext. 2496
Municipality of Wawa
Telephone: 705-856-2244, ext. 222
Ontario Heritage Trust
10 Adelaide Street East
Toronto, Ontario M5C 1J3