Oakville residents and groups recognized for preserving local heritage

Thursday, February 24, 2011 – for immediate release

Oakville residents and groups recognized for preserving local heritage

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

At an awards ceremony held Tuesday night at Town Hall, the Ontario Heritage Trust recognized the valuable contributions of many Oakville residents to preserving local heritage.

“We are thankful to have many volunteers in our community who do so much to honour our town’s history and who take up the challenge of preserving our heritage,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “We are proud of all the Ontario Heritage Trust award recipients in our community and congratulate them on their recognition.”

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 in preserving, protecting and promoting local heritage.

The Oakville residents recognized by the Ontario Heritage Trust this year are: 

Philip Brimacombe — Lifetime Achievement Award for his support of Oakville heritage for over 30 years
Lorne Joyce — 2010 Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement for sustained volunteer contributions to community heritage over a period of 25 years or more
Andrew Bucknall — Built Heritage Conservation Award for his ongoing advocacy for the conservation of Oakville’s heritage
Catherine Kavassalis — Natural Heritage Award for her commitment to preserving Oakville’s natural heritage
Sheila Aldoroty — Cultural Heritage Award for her dedication to honouring Oakville’s cultural heritage
David Smyth — Youth Cultural Heritage Award for his commitment to preserving Oakville’s cultural heritage
Noah Djurfeldt, Tristan Holk, Billy Reeves, Jordan Karrys, Jordan Gravely, Joseph LaFerriere, Jessica Speedie, Justin Fontaine, Alessia DiCarlo, Mitchell Kothleitner — Young Heritage Leaders Nomination, Natural Heritage Category, for their commitment to preserving Oakville’s natural heritage through their work with the Rotherglen Environmental Program

The Town of Oakville has been actively preserving its heritage for more than six decades, beginning with efforts to conserve Oakville’s first post office from 1949 to 1951. The Town of Oakville’s 1962 official plan incorporated heritage policies that helped ensure that over 90 per cent of Oakville’s historic buildings continue to exist today. 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. In 2009, Town Council added over 350 properties to the Oakville Heritage Register that protects them under the Ontario Heritage Act. That is in addition to over 500 designated properties already on the registry.

In February 2010, the town received the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Community Leadership with a population of over 150,000. The town also received the 2010 Prince of Wales Prize for municipal heritage leadership from the Heritage Canada Foundation.

For more information on Oakville’s heritage initiatives visit the Heritage page.


Contact Information:

Susan Schappert                                              
Heritage Planner                                              
Town of Oakville                                               
905-845-6601, ext. 3870                        

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Oakville residents and groups recognized for preserving local heritage