RELEASE — This past week, representatives from the South Frontenac Heritage Committee virtually attended the Frontenac Heritage Foundation’s annual Awards Ceremony to accept a Certificate of Commendation for their establishment of a Municipal Heritage Committee and continued advocacy for heritage protection throughout the pandemic.
Certificates of Commendation are typically given to property owners that are responsible for visualizing and financing the conservation effort. This year, Certificates of Commendation were presented to three municipalities for work done before and during the pandemic. In addition to South Frontenac, the Town of Gananoque received a commendation for the addition to its historical Town Hall, while the City of Kingston was acknowledged for the work done on the two cupolas on the Frontenac County Courthouse.
“I speak for the entire committee when I say that we are honoured to have received this commendation from the Frontenac Heritage Foundation,” said Michael Gemmell, Chair of the Committee. “The first two years of our committee’s existence were spent gathering information on properties of interest in the community and ironing out a process that would allow residents to apply for heritage designation. Now that we have successfully designated our first property as a committee, we look forward to sharing the benefits of designation and conservation with the South Frontenac Community,” explained Gemmell.
The Frontenac Heritage Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization protecting built heritage across the Kingston region that was established in 1972. Since 1982, the Foundation has encouraged the preservation and retention of the region’s building stock by providing heritage conservation awards to owners, designers and tradespeople. For a full list of 2021 award recipients, see the Frontenac Heritage Foundation’s media release regarding the event.
Established in 2018, the South Frontenac Heritage Committee is made up of passionate community members with an interest in sharing and preserving local sites of cultural and historical significance across the Township. The Committee has continued its work throughout the pandemic – gathering information on properties of historical and cultural significance, providing support to other heritage focused community groups, and completing their first designation in June of 2021.
The Township’s Municipal Heritage Register can be found online and includes a list of properties Council identified as heritage resources within the Township. Most of these properties were designated by Portland Township prior to amalgamation, while the more recent ones were done since 2000.
The Township of South Frontenac is currently looking to add a few additional members to the Committee to help promote and work towards furthering the goals of the committee. Interested residents are encouraged to submit an application by January 24th, 2022. Submissions can be sent via email to email@example.com, in person, or by mail to 4432 George St., PO Box 100, Sydenham ON, K0H 2T0.
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