Each year since 2004, the municipal council has recognized citizens and groups who have contributed to the preservation of our natural and cultural heritage in Central Elgin.
These awards are given in conjunction with the Ontario Heritage Trust who examine the nominations and issue the certificates that the council present. Heritage Central Elgin make recommendations to the council each year but anyone in Central Elgin can nominate someone for these awards. The nominations have to be in before the last council meeting in June. Those who have been recognized each year in the various categories are as follows:
Heritage Garden Award
2007: Cathy McGregor Smith and Gary Smith for growing heritage vegetables and saving the seeds as well as selling the plants
Lieutenant Governor's Award
2006: Don Williams for being one of the originators and 25 years of volunteer work with the Dan Patterson Steam Show
2007: Sally Martyn for over 30 years of heritage preservation in Sparta, including the establishment of the Forge and Anvil Museum
2008: Bill Turvey for his 25 years of work with the Port Stanley Terminal Railway and his work in the Railway Hall of Fame
2009: Don Cousins for his many years with the Elgin Historical Society, Heritage Port and work with the Cameron slides.
2010: Jane Zavitz-Bond for her work preserving the history of the Quakers in Sparta and Canada as a whole.
2011: Frank Prothero for all his work publishing the many books on the history of Port Stanley in conjuction with his wife Nancy Prothero.
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