Media Advisory - Provincial plaque memorializes Colonel The Honourable
Herbert Alexander Bruce, MD, LLD

PORT PERRY, ON, Aug. 11 /CNW/ -

    Date:           Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 11 a.m.
    Location:       Dr. Herbert A. Bruce Community Park
                    West of 43 Greenway Boulevard, Port Perry, Ontario
    Directions:     From Highway 401, take Exit 410 for Brock Street North at
                    Whitby. Head north on Brock Street / Highway 12. Turn
                    right onto Highway 7A towards Port Perry. Take a slight
                    right at Scugog Street to stay on Highway 7A. Turn right
                    onto Simcoe Street / Regional Road 2. Turn right onto
                    Greenway Boulevard.
    Photo           Unveiling of a provincial plaque
                    Special guest: The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant
                    Governor of Ontario
    Contact:        Liane Nowosielski
                    Marketing and Communications Specialist
                    Telephone: 416-325-5032

Join the Ontario Heritage Trust, the Lake Scugog Historical Society and the Township of Scugog for the unveiling of a provincial plaque commemorating Colonel The Honourable Herbert Alexander Bruce, MD, LLD (1868-1963).

Herbert Alexander Bruce - surgeon, lieutenant governor and parliamentarian - was born at Blackstock in 1868 and grew up on a farm near Port Perry. Graduating in medicine from the University of Toronto in 1893, he rose to the top of his profession as a surgeon. With the support of friends, he founded the Wellesley Hospital in Toronto in 1911. Dr. Bruce became known nationally for his outspokenness throughout his second career as lieutenant governor (from 1932 to 1937) and as an MP (from 1940 to 1946). Bruce championed cancer care in the 1920s, social housing in the 1930s, better health care for veterans and the introduction of contributory health insurance in the 1940s.

The Ontario Heritage Trust's Provincial Plaque Program commemorates significant people, places and events in Ontario's history. Since 1953, over 1,200 provincial plaques have been unveiled.

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SOURCE Ontario Heritage Trust

For further information: For further information: Liane Nowosielski, Marketing and Communications Specialist, Telephone: 416-325-5032, Email:

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