Oakville recognized for preserving local heritage

Ontario Heritage Trust Award winners honoured at awards ceremony at Town Hall

February 23, 2010 – For immediate release
The Town of Oakville’s dedication to preserving its heritage as well as the valuable contribution of many of its residents in keeping local heritage alive was recognized by the Ontario Heritage Trust at an awards ceremony at Town Hall last night

“The Ontario Heritage Trust Awards reflect the dedication and commitment of the town and our citizens to the conservation and celebration of local heritage,” said Mayor Burton. “We are grateful to the many individuals who help preserve heritage in Oakville and are proud of all the award recipients – over the years their hard work has helped to further enrich and beautify our community.”

This year, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, in partnership with the Ontario Heritage Trust, also honoured the Town of Oakville with the 2009 Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Community Leadership. This award recognizes communities for exemplary leadership in heritage conservation and promotion. Mayor Burton received the award at a Queen’s Park ceremony on February 19 as part of the province’s Heritage Week celebrations.

“Oakville Council extends its sincere thanks to all those who supported the nomination of our town for this award,” added Burton. “Preserving our heritage is an important part of Oakville’s vision of being the most livable town in Canada, and we’re proud to accept this award on behalf of our citizens.”

The community of Oakville has been active at preserving its heritage for more than six decades, beginning with efforts to conserve Oakville’s First Post office from 1949 to 1951. With three heritage conservation districts and more than 125 individually designated properties, the town has taken significant steps to conserve its rich and diverse heritage.

Over the years the town has acquired a number of heritage properties to ensure their preservation, the most significant being the Erchless Estate, the estate of Oakville’s founding family the Chisholms. During this term, Town Council’s commitment to heritage preservation is reflected through its creation of a Heritage Planning division to manage, protect and conserve heritage resources.

In addition, after 10 years without any heritage designations, Council has had the remarkable achievement of designating 10 properties for preservation since 2007, and in 2009 the number of properties protected through the heritage register increased by more than 350.

The Oakville residents recognized by the Ontario Heritage Trust were:

Harry Barrett — 2009 Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement for sustained volunteer contributions to community heritage over a period of 25 years or more.
Francine Landry — Lifetime Achievement Award for her support of Oakville heritage for over 20 years.
Andy Bruce — Built Heritage Conservation Award for his ongoing advocacy for the conservation of Oakville’s heritage.
Fred Hayward — Cultural Heritage Award for his dedication to honouring Oakville’s cultural heritage.
Liz Benneian — Natural Heritage Award for her commitment to preserving Oakville’s natural heritage.
Clayton Trovato —– Young Heritage Leaders Award (Built Heritage) for his advocacy for the continued protection and preservation of the Smith’s old stone farm houses at Kerr and Spears Road.
Pam Calvert’s 2008/2009 Grade 10 Enhanced Canadian History class of Oakville/Trafalgar High School — Young Heritage Leaders Award (Cultural Heritage) for their “Oakville-Trafalgar Grade 10 Great War Project.”

The Ontario Heritage Trust, the province’s lead heritage agency, is dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting Ontario’s rich and varied heritage for the benefit of present and future generations.

The Heritage Community Recognition program and Young Heritage Leaders program awards volunteers and youth in all communities across Ontario for their work to preserve, protect and promote local heritage.

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For more information:

Michael Seaman
Manager of Heritage Planning
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext: 3873
mseaman@oakville.ca

Gisele Shaw
Manager, Corporate Communications
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3166
gshaw@oakville.ca


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Oakville recognized for preserving local heritage