Friends of the Penitentiary Museum Receive Lt. Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award

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Friends of the Penitentiary Museum receive Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation

Kingston’s Friends of the Penitentiary Museum were honored with the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation on Friday at a Queen’s Park ceremony in Toronto.

In Our Own Words: the Links between Kingston’s Heritage and its Penitentiaries is an oral history project established by the Friends of the Penitentiary Museum that seeks to understand how the presence of penitentiaries has shaped the social fabric of the City of Kingston.

The ceremony was hosted by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and the Ontario Heritage Trust – an agency of the Government of Ontario dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting Ontario’s heritage.

“These exceptional individuals, organizations, and communities are champions of our past and architects of our future,” said the Lieutenant Governor. “On behalf of a grateful province, I thank them for their exemplary achievements in conserving the best of Ontario from which we may learn and mature.”

Harvey McCue, Chair of the Ontario Heritage Trust, said his agency was proud to join the Lieutenant Governor in recognizing the award recipients for their exceptional achievements in conservation, adding that their work “has made an enduring impact – helping to preserve the irreplaceable heritage of this province – so that it remains for future generations.”

In Our Own Words Oral’s History Coordinator, Bronwyn Jaques (pictured above, second from right), worked with volunteers and staff from the Friends of the Penitentiary Museum to conduct interviews with community members, formerly incarcerated people and correctional officers. The project also used creative community outreach initiatives to gather stories that included canvassing events, utilizing social media, and through local news outlets.

The Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards celebrate individuals, groups and communities for exceptional contributions to cultural and natural heritage conservation, environmental sustainability and biodiversity.


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FULL LIST OF THIS YEAR’S AWARD RECIPIENTS

Lifetime Achievement

  • Mi Young Kim (Toronto)
  • Anna Maria Nanowski (Bradford West Gwillimbury)
  • Lawrence Turner (Cambridge)
  • Myno Van Dyke (Clarington)

Youth Achievement – Individual (also receiving the Young Heritage Leaders scholarship)

  • Jessica Linzel (Lincoln)

Youth Achievement – Groups

  • Eye Was Not There (360) Project – Grade 11 Communications Technology class, St. Patrick’s Catholic High School (Sarnia)
  • Immigrant Belonging Podcasts – Sociology class group project at the University of Toronto Scarborough
  • Kensington Market: Hidden Histories – students in the Digital Tools in a Canadian Context course at the University of Toronto

Excellence in Conservation

  • Brockville Railway Tunnel Committee for restoration and reopening of the Brockville Railway Tunnel
  • ERA Architects for rehabilitation of Casey House, Toronto
  • University of Windsor’s Department of History and Leddy Library, Chatham Sports Hall of Fame, and the Harding Family for Breaking the Colour Barrier: Wilfred “Boomer” and the Chatham Coloured All-Stars
  • Friends of the Penitentiary Museum for In Our Own Words: the Links Between Kingston’s Heritage and its Penitentiaries
  • 4elements Living Arts and their community partners for Billings Connections Trail: Nature. Art. Heritage. (Billings)
  • Geraldine Govender for the Moose Cree Dictionary (Moose Cree First Nation)
  • Journalists for Human Rights, Indigenous Reporters Program (Toronto)
  • Red Sky Performance, Miigis Project (Toronto)
  • Township of North Glengarry’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee for the Glengarry Routes Heritage Tour and Community Improvement Plan
    Jason Dickson and Vanessa Brown for London: 150 Cultural Moments (London)
  • Alderville First Nation for restoration of the Alderville Black Oak Savanna
  • David and Faith Clarkson for Applegarth Farm watercourse restoration, a partnership with Credit Valley Conservation (Caledon)

Community Leadership

  • Alderville First Nation for restoration and expansion of the Alderville Black Oak Savanna

Special Achievement

  • Bruce Trail Conservancy for its 50-year commitment to the creation, stewardship and promotion of the Bruce Trail

Photo: Ian Crysler, courtesy of the Ontario Heritage Trust (large view)
From L to R: The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Marie Edwards, Bronwyn Jaques, Harvey McCue, Chair, Ontario Heritage Trust