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Heritage Canada Foundation Announces 2008 National Award Winners

Ottawa, ON September 18, 2008 – The Heritage Canada Foundation today announced the winners of its National Awards Program, Canada’s most prestigious recognition for achievement and excellence in the field of built heritage conservation.

This year’s juried award recipients include the Town of Aurora, Ontario, winner of the Prince of Wales Prize for Municipal Heritage Leadership, an award created with the support of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales to encourage and reward sound conservation policies and practices at the municipal level and, for the first time since its inception, a Honourary Mention to the Town of Saint-Raymond de Portneuf, Quebec.

Mr. Julian Smith of Ottawa, Ontario, is the recipient of the prestigious Gabrielle Léger Award for Lifetime Achievement in Heritage Conservation for his contribution to the practice and management of heritage conservation in Canada and Mr. Dinu Bumbaru of Montréal, Québec, is the winner of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Heritage Conservation at the Provincial Level for his lifetime leadership and commitment to heritage conservation in Québec.

The 2008 non-juried award recipients include l’Auberge Saint-Antoine in Quebec City, recipient of a National Achievement Award for its extensive three-phase architectural and archaeological restoration project as well as Sen. Pat Carney (Ret.) of British Columbia and Mr. Barry MacDonald of Chezzetcook, Nova Scotia, as the first-time recipients of the Governors’s Award in recognition of their tireless efforts in bringing about the recent passage of the federal Act to Protect Heritage Lighthouses.

The recipients will be celebrated at the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony to be held on Friday, September 26, 2008 at the beautifully restored Théâtre Impérial in Québec City. (Sen. Carney will be presented with her award at a special presentation to be held later this year in British Columbia).

The Heritage Canada Foundation is a national charitable organization dedicated to the preservation of Canada’s built heritage and historic places.

Click the Backgrounder on the 2008 Heritage Canada Foundation National Award recipients.

Carolyn Quinn, Director of Communications, cquinn@heritagecanada.org

Telephone: (613) 237-1066 ext 229; Cell (613) 797-7206