2008 Heritage Community Recognition Program Seeking Nominations

The Ontario Heritage Trust is seeking nominations for its 2008 Heritage Community Recognition Program, which celebrates volunteers for outstanding achievements to preserve, protect and promote Ontario's heritage. The deadline for nominations is Friday, July 4, 2008.

Through the Heritage Community Recognition Program, candidates can be nominated for contributions to built, cultural and natural heritage, or for lifetime achievement. There is also a special category for the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award, which recognizes individuals who have made sustained volunteer contributions to heritage conservation over a period of 25 years or more. The program guidelines and nomination form are available at http://www.heritagetrust.on.ca/.

The Heritage Community Recognition Program provides an opportunity for municipal councils, regional councils, First Nation band councils and Métis community councils to celebrate the achievements of individual heritage volunteers and small project groups. Community and heritage organizations should contact their local council about proposed nominations, which must be endorsed by the mayor, reeve, warden, regional chair, chief or council president.

Examples of volunteer activities eligible for recognition through the program include: leadership or fundraising to support the restoration of a heritage structure; volunteering with a Municipal Heritage Committee, historical society, museum, historic site, conservation area or natural heritage organization; research, writing or volunteer teaching related to local history or traditions; or involvement in activities that protect, preserve or promote First Nations, Métis, Franco-Ontarian or other cultural heritage.