Town of Oakville wins prestigious 2010 Prince of Wales Prize for municipal heritage leadership

Tuesday, October 05, 2010 – for immediate release

Town of Oakville wins prestigious 2010 Prince of Wales Prize for municipal heritage leadership

Town recognized for sustained commitment to heritage protection and preservation

The Town of Oakville received the 2010 Prince of Wales Prize for municipal heritage leadership from the Heritage Canada Foundation on October 2. At last night’s Council meeting, Mayor Burton presented the award to Council and thanked Oakville residents for their nomination.

“This award recognizes the hard work our Council, historical societies and citizens have put into ensuring Oakville’s history is well preserved,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “It also tells us that we are moving in the right direction when it comes to heritage preservation.”

The Prince of Wales Prize is awarded to a municipality that demonstrates a strong and sustained commitment to the conservation of its history. Lifelong resident and heritage volunteer Barbara Savage nominated the Town of Oakville for this prestigious award with 22 Oakville residents also lending their support for the nomination.

The Town of Oakville began its heritage preservation over 60 years ago. In 1948, Oakville designated its first heritage building and developed a plaquing program in 1957. 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.  In 1976, the Municipal Heritage Planning Committee was established.

Most recently, Oakville 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. In February 2010, the Ontario Heritage Trust awarded The Town of Oakville with the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Community Leadership with a population over 150,000. In September 2010, Oakville Council passed a notice of intention to designate its first tree, a 250-year-old heritage tree — the Great White Oak, on Bronte Road.

Find more information on the Town of Oakville’s heritage initiatives on the heritage web page.

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For more information

Charles McConnell
Acting Manager, Heritage Planning
Town of Oakville
905-8150-6042
cmcconnell@oakville.ca


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Town of Oakville wins prestigious 2010 Prince of Wales Prize for municipal heritage leadership