MESSAGE FROM THE OHFA BOARD
Although we face numerous obstacles this year, by working together we can face them head-on and succeed . Newsletters this year will share creative ideas and resources plus important dates that will help all of us deal with our new reality. Fairs will be encouraged to share their ideas and tips to keep Ontario students engaged in learning about the diverse and exciting history and heritage of our communities, province and nation.
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Ontario Heritage Fairs Coordinators Carol White (Kingston) and Wayne Hugli (Greater Sudbury) were presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award during the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards ceremony at Queens Park on Thursday February 20th, 2020.
They were recognitzed for more than 25 years of exceptional volunteer contribution to heritage conservation through their work with the Ontario Heritage Fairs program.
The Ontario Heritage Trust (OHT) is an agency of the Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. The Trust identifies, protects, promotes and conserves Ontario’s heritage. The Trust conserves provincially significant cultural and natural heritage, interprets Ontario’s history, educates Ontarians of its importance in our society, and celebrates the province’s diversity. The Trust envisions an Ontario where the places, landscapes, traditions and stories that embody our heritage are reflected, valued and conserved for future generations.
The Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards, administered by the Ontario Heritage Trust, are prestigious awards that recognize exceptional contributions to heritage conservation, environmental sustainability and biodiversity, and cultural and natural heritage. These awards are presented annually at a ceremony at Queen’s Park in Toronto
Carol White (Executive Director) and Wayne Hugli (Treasurer) direct the Ontario Heritage Fairs program for the Ontario Heritage Fairs Association (OHFA). As directors, White and Hugli track the fairs’ activities, organize the fairs’ community networks, gather data and report to OHFA’s executive, auditors and supporters. The program coordinates over 20 communities representing more than 20,000 youth, annually. This program is supported by 4,000 volunteers and thousands of work hours. White and Hugli’s leadership of the program has facilitated these opportunities for youth to make links between the past and the present, to have a voice through the sharing of heritage stories to uncover and to share and preserve local stories, histories and language.
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