Ontario Heritage Trust Recognizes Young Volunteers

    TORONTO, June 14 /CNW/ - The Ontario Heritage Trust is honouring over 230
youth across the province through its annual Young Heritage Leaders program,
which helps communities recognize youth for significant voluntary
contributions to built, cultural and natural heritage preservation.
    "I'm proud to see young Ontarians contributing to their communities by
taking action to help preserve our heritage," said The Honourable Lincoln M.
Alexander, Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust. "We hope that by
recognizing their efforts, we can encourage these young volunteers to continue
being involved in heritage conservation for years to come."
    Among this year's honorees are recipients of the new 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. This year's group
recipients are from Bluevale Collegiate Institute in Waterloo Region and the
St. Catharines Museum. As the most exceptional individual nominee, Miss Jaclyn
Volkhammer of Richmond Hill is receiving the Lieutenant Governor's award and
the $2,000 scholarship for post-secondary education given through the Young
Heritage Leaders program.
    "These committed and enthusiastic young volunteers are helping to keep
the heritage in their communities alive and meaningful," said Caroline
Di Cocco, Minister of Culture. "I'm delighted that schools and communities
have taken this opportunity to recognize the achievements of these
    Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life are proud sponsors of the
Young Heritage Leaders program.
    "We're pleased to continue our support of the Ontario Heritage Trust's
Young Heritage Leaders recognition program," 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
important 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 our communities."
    Since the Young Heritage Leaders program was introduced seven years ago,
more than 3,000 young people have been recognized for their 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 - the province's lead heritage agency - is
dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting Ontario's
built, cultural and natural heritage for the benefit of present and future

    For more information about the recipients or the presentation event in
your community, contact the office of the nominating municipal council,
regional council, First Nation band council, Métis community council or
school. A list of the nominating councils and schools for this year's
recipients is attached.

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    2006 Young Heritage Leaders program recipients were nominated by the
    following councils or schools:

    -  Amherstburg (Town of)
    -  Barrie (St. Joseph's High School)
    -  Kitchener (City of)
    -  Lake of Bays (Township of)
    -  Loyalist Township
    -  Richmond Hill (Town of)
    -  Scugog (Township of)
    -  Smiths Falls (Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute)
    -  St. Catharines (City of)
    -  Thunder Bay (Sir Winston Churchill Collegiate and Vocational
    -  Waterloo (Regional Municipality of)

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, Director Media and Public
Relations, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life, Telephone: (204)
946-7705, E-mail: marlene.klassen@gwl.ca

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