Monday, November 29, 2010

The City of Calgary wins Alberta Historical Resources Foundation’s Heritage Preservation Award

The City of Calgary has been recognized by the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation for its commitment to the identification, protection and promotion of municipal historic resources.

Friday night, Alderman Gian-Carlo Carra accepted the Municipal Heritage Preservation Award on behalf of The City of Calgary at an awards ceremony in Calgary.

“The award acknowledges that The City of Calgary is a provincial leader in heritage preservation,” said Darryl Cariou, Senior Heritage Planner at The City of Calgary. “As a result of The City’s commitment to heritage preservation over the past two decades, 35 sites have been legally protected as Municipal Historic Resources”.

The City of Calgary was nominated for the award by the Calgary Heritage Initiative Society (CHI), a volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation, productive use and interpretation of buildings and sites of historic and architectural interest in Calgary.

“This award is a reflection of the great strides that Calgary has made over the past few years in heritage policy and preservation,” said Cynthia Klaassen, President of CHI. “It honours the efforts of the heritage staff and the support they’ve received from City Council. We look forward to continued progress from the new Council.”

“The City has a great working relationship with many community-based groups when it comes to heritage and the Calgary Heritage Initiative is one of them”, says Cariou.  “It is because of the dedicated volunteer work of groups like the CHI that heritage is alive and valued in communities throughout Calgary."

Cariou added that CHI works at a grassroots level to seek opportunities to apply policies that Council approves.

"It’s their passion that makes our communities great places to live, work and play,” he said.

The Alberta Historical Resources Foundation (AHRF) was established by the Provincial Legislature in 1973 in order to promote public awareness and enjoyment of Alberta's cultural heritage.  Heritage resources are a reflection of our province's life - past, present and future.   The AHRF Heritage Awards recognize significant contributions by individuals, teams, organizations, corporations, congregations, institutions, municipalities, First Nations or Metis Settlements, in the protection, preservation and promotion of heritage in the province.

For more information on The City of Calgary’s heritage planning, click here.
For more information on the Calgary Heritage Initiative Society, click here.
For more information on The Alberta Historical Resources Foundation, click here.

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***Group Photo, left to right:
Scott Jolliffe, Chair, Calgary Heritage Authority
Bob van Wegen, Vice-President, Calgary Heritage Initiative
Sara Meuilleur, Member, Calgary Heritage Authority
Alderman Carra
Carmel Gatt, Vice-chair, Calgary Heritage Authority
Darryl Cariou, Senior Heritage Planner, City of Calgary
Michelle Reid, Conservation Landscape Architect, City of Calgary

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