KINGSTON, ON, Feb. 17, 2016 /CNW/ - Today, the Ontario Heritage Trust celebrated Heritage Week 2016 with an event showcasing Ontario's remarkable contributions to medical science and innovation. Held in partnership with the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen's University and the Museum of Health Care at Kingston, today's event offered engaging tours, talks, activities and demonstrations for adults and youth.
Participants toured the state-of-the-art facilities at the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Museum of Health Care at Kingston. Guests also participated in a Heritage Expo, where they met representatives of medical science organizations from across the province. Attendees heard remarks from Chief Donald Maracle, Chief of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory; Thomas H.B. Symons, Chairman, Ontario Heritage Trust; Caroline Davis, Vice Principal (Finance and Administration) at Queen's University; Dr. Richard Reznick, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen's University, and Dr. Jacalyn Duffin, Hannah Chair at Queen's University; and a video greeting from the Honourable Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
Heritage Week – which runs from February 15 to 21 – invites Ontarians to celebrate heritage in all its forms and diversity. This year's theme – Medical Science and Innovation – highlights Ontario's rich legacy of medical innovators, advances and institutions, and commemorates the 50th anniversary of universal health care in the province.
Many communities are hosting their own special events and activities, including exhibits, lectures, workshops and tours. Heritage Week events have also been taking place at several Ontario Heritage Trust sites – including Fulford Place in Brockville and Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site in Dresden. For more information about Heritage Week and activities throughout the province, visit www.heritagetrust.on.ca/hw2016.
"The number of innovations in medical science and technology conceived in Ontario is extensive, and the stories fascinating – including discoveries and inventions related to pharmaceuticals, medical procedures and devices. There is much to see and learn about the legacy of medical science and innovation in Ontario – a rich and varied part of our province's heritage."
– Thomas H.B. Symons, Chairman, Ontario Heritage Trust
"Medical science is a part of every Ontarian's life, and the treatments we have access to today are the result of years of exploration and innovation. Heritage Week is a great opportunity to learn about the breakthroughs that have transformed society and discover how our rich legacy inspires continued growth in this field."
– The Honourable Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
- Heritage Week occurs every year during the third week of February.
- Led by the Ontario Heritage Trust, this week-long celebration invites Ontarians to celebrate heritage in all its forms and diversity.
- On February 26, 2016, the Ontario Heritage Trust, in partnership with the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will present the annual Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Awards, recognizing individuals and groups who have made outstanding contributions to conserving Ontario's heritage. Visit www.heritagetrust.on.ca/recognition for details.
- Find out more about Heritage Week 2016 events and activities happening across the province at www.heritagetrust.on.ca/hw2016.
- Throughout 2016, the Trust will be hosting events and activities celebrating Ontario's contributions to Medical Science and Innovation. Visit www.heritagetrust.on.ca to find an event near you.
- The Trust will be delivering a medical-science-focused Doors Open Ontario 2016 season of 43 events in communities across the province from April to October (www.doorsopenontario.on.ca).
- For more information on the theme of Medical Science and Innovation, download our latest issue of Heritage Matters magazine at www.heritagetrust.on.ca/hm.
- The Trust invites Ontarians to use the hashtag #ONMedSci on social media to share facts and stories about Ontario's medical science and innovation.
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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For further information: About the Ontario Heritage Trust, contact Catrina Colme at 416-325-5074 or [email protected]