OTTAWA, Nov. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - The Heritage Canada Foundation is pleased to announce that the City of Edmonton, Alberta, has been selected to receive the 2009 PRINCE OF WALES PRIZE for Municipal Heritage Leadership.
In keeping with His Royal Highness' commitment to architecture, the environment, and inner-city renewal, The Prince of Wales agreed in 1999 to lend his title to the creation of a prize to be awarded annually to the government of a municipality which has demonstrated its strong and sustained commitment to the conservation of its historic places.
This year's recipient, the City of Edmonton, has been an innovator in heritage conservation for a number of years. As early as the 1970s, the city established the Edmonton Historical Board to advise city council on heritage issues, developed several programs designed to assist owners in preserving heritage properties, and continues to maintain a large inventory of heritage buildings.
Recognizing the many cultural, social and economic benefits heritage planning brings to the city, a new long-term Historic Resource Management Plan was completed this year that allows for a clear strategy to manage Edmonton's historic resources in a consistent manner and to simplify related policies and procedures.
The awards jury was unanimous in its decision, citing the city's "exemplary integration of heritage within its overall municipal planning."
Click the Backgrounder (http://www.heritagecanada.org/eng/services/awards.htmlNo.national2009) for more information about this award recipient.
The Prince of Wales Prize, which consists of a plaque, framed scroll and pennant with the insignia of The Prince of Wales and the Heritage Canada Foundation, will be presented to Mayor Stephen Mandel at ceremony to be held in Toronto later this week. Previous recipients include Markham, Ontario; Victoria, British Columbia; Saint-John, New Brunswick; Québec, Québec; Perth, Ontario; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador and Aurora, Ontario.
The City of Edmonton was nominated by Tim Marriott, Vice-President of the Edmonton and District Historical Society.
SOURCE Heritage Canada Foundation
For further information: For further information: Carolyn Quinn, HCF Director of Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org, Telephone: (613) 237-1066 ext. 229, Cell: (613) 797-7206; Robert Geldart, Edmonton Heritage Planner at (780) 229-4590; Tim Marriott, Edmonton and District Historical Society at (780) 451-1703 or (780) 439-2798