Oakville residents recognized for preserving local heritage

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 – for immediate release

Oakville residents recognized for preserving local heritage

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

Town Council members welcomed Oakville Ontario Heritage Trust award recipients at a ceremony held at Town Hall last night. Eight Oakville residents were recognized for their valuable contribution to preserving local heritage.

“Preserving our heritage is an important part of Oakville’s vision of being the most livable town in Canada, and we’re proud of all the recipients who have dedicated their time and talents to keeping our history alive,” Mayor Rob Burton said.

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

Margaret Buxton — 2011 Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement for sustained volunteer contributions to community heritage over a period of 25 years or more
Evelyn Bullied — Lifetime Achievement Award for her support of Oakville heritage for over 20 years
Julian Ryder — Built Heritage Conservation Award for his ongoing advocacy for the conservation of Oakville’s heritage
Karen Brock — Natural Heritage Award for her commitment to preserving Oakville’s natural heritage
Lt. Glenn Woolfrey — Cultural Heritage Award for her dedication to honouring Oakville’s cultural heritage
Allison Bishop, Julia Barber and Evan Formosa — Young Heritage Leader’s Cultural Heritage Category for their commitment to celebrating Oakville’s heritage through their work with the Oakville-Trafalgar High School National School Vigil 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 in preserving, protecting and promoting local heritage.

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.

Currently, the town is leading a number of heritage initiatives including the Downtown Oakville Heritage Conservation District Study and the Bronte Heritage Resources Review and Strategy. The objective of the Downtown Oakville Heritage Conservation and District Study is to consider the downtown heritage resources and depending on Council direction, create a plan that will identify existing heritage resources, and provide guidelines that will preserve heritage resources, manage change and guide future development in the area. Community engagement is integral to this study. Visit the Downtown Oakville Heritage Conservation District Study for more information.

For the Bronte Heritage Resources Review and Strategy, community feedback will help determine the tools that will be used to preserve Bronte’s heritage resources. Visit the Bronte Heritage Study page for more information.

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


Contact Information

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

Mary Jo Milhomens
Senior Communications Advisor

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