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TORONTO, Jan. 22 – Today, The Honourable James K. Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander, Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust, announced two new Lieutenant Governor’s awards to recognize community volunteers for outstanding achievements to preserve, protect and promote Ontario’s heritage.
“Preserving our heritage enriches our communities, creates opportunities for cultural and educational experiences and builds our sense of identity as Ontarians,” said Mr. Bartleman. “These new Ontario Heritage Awards will honour extraordinary volunteers for their role in keeping our history alive.” The Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Youth Achievement and the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement will be awarded through the Ontario Heritage Trust’s annual Young Heritage Leaders and Heritage Community Recognition programs.
“These new Lieutenant Governor’s awards are a wonderful complement to our community volunteer recognition programs,” said Mr. Alexander. “They will celebrate exceptional volunteers from across the province who are helping to tell Ontario’s stories and preserve the unique character of our communities.”
The Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Youth Achievement, awarded through the Young Heritage Leaders program, will recognize the most exceptional youth group in each of the built, cultural and natural heritage nomination categories, and the most outstanding individual nominee across all categories. The Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement, awarded through a new category in the Heritage Community Recognition Program, will recognize individuals who have made volunteer contributions to preserving, protecting and promoting community heritage over a period of 25 years or more.
“These awards highlight the importance of heritage conservation and the role it plays in improving the quality of life for all Ontarians,” said Caroline Di Cocco, Minister of Culture. “I am delighted that our most outstanding heritage volunteers will receive special recognition from the Lieutenant Governor.”
Each year, the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards will be presented at a special reception hosted by the Lieutenant Governor during Heritage Week in February. Information on the awards is available at www.lt.gov.on.ca and at www.heritagetrust.on.ca.
Since the Ontario Heritage Trust launched the Young Heritage Leaders program in 2000, over 2,700 youth have been recognized for their heritage preservation activities. More than 2,400 volunteers have been honoured through the Trust’s Heritage Community Recognition Program since it began in 1996.
The Ontario Heritage Trust is an agency of the Government of Ontario, dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting Ontario’s heritage.
For further information: Catrina Colme, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Ontario Heritage Trust, Telephone: (416) 325-5074, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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