2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award recognizes Oakville Residents

2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award recognizes Oakville Residents
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Oakville residents were recognized as Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award recipients for 2014. Each year, the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards celebrate
individuals, groups and communities that have made outstanding contributions to conserving Ontario’s heritage. In 2014, the award program was enhanced to focus on leadership, commitment, creativity, positive impact on community and good conservation practices. A new award “Excellence in Conservation” was introduced.

“On behalf of the people of Ontario, I want to thank and congratulate everyone honoured today for their exemplary achievements in conserving our province’s heritage. Our precious natural landscapes and cultural treasures define who we are and what we value. It is through the dedication, excellence and innovation of individuals and communities such as these that Ontario’s heritage will continue to be celebrated and enjoyed by future generations.” – The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Lifetime Achievement Award
Mr. George Gordon has been involved in heritage conservation in Oakville for over 40 years. His significant contributions include helping to designate one of Oakville’s first heritage properties and spearheading a project to create Oakville’s first Heritage Conservation District.

Juno Beach

Juno Beach; Photo Credit: PhotosNormandie

Award for Youth Achievement
Juno Beach Project (Smiths Falls, Oakville and Owen Sound)

The Juno Beach Project app created by Grades 11 and 12 computer science students at Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute, Garth Webb Secondary School and Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational School offers a window into the lives of Canadian soldiers who died on the beaches of Normandy, France, on D-Day. The smartphone application, featuring high-grade graphics, opens up on a poppy graphic through which a visitor can touch the screen and access maps of the battlefields and details on the hour-by-hour progression of Canadian regiments into Normandy. The app also offers details on the German positions, a listing of regiments that fought on D-Day, along with the detailed stories of approximately 371 Canadians who died on D-Day and the ensuing days. The app uses original research developed by Smiths Falls history students as part of the Lest We Forget initiative. The app allows anyone to search soldiers by regiment and narrow down their search to individual profiles. The program also permits a user to discover a soldier’s name, rank, regiment, hometown, education, employment before the war, date of death and burial location.

The presentation of the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards took place on February 27, 2015, at Queen’s Park.

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