Local residents recognized at Heritage Toronto Awards
Former Chief of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and community historian Carolyn King received Heritage Toronto’s Special Achievement Award in recognition of her decades-long efforts to preserve the Mississaugas of New Credit First Nation’s community and to celebrate First Nation heritage at this year’s award ceremony, held in conjunction with the annual Kilbourn lecture on Oct. 17 at the Isabel Bader Theatre. The presentation capped off an evening that celebrated a host of local historians.
Seaton Village’s Ed Janiszewski was among those accepting a community heritage and Members’ Choice award for the Lakeshore Asylum Cemetery Project. Volunteers have identified 1,511 patient names and uncovered 154 grave markers since 2004 in their campaign to restore and commemorate the forgotten Lakeshore Asylum Cemetery. John Lorinc, Michael McClelland, Ellen Scheinberg, and Tatum Taylor took the book award for The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto’s First Immigrant Neighbourhood in a category that also included nominees A Meeting of Minds: The Massey College Story by Judith Skelton Grant; Kensington Market: Collective Memory, Public History and Toronto’s Urban Landscape by Na Li; and, The Toronto Carrying Place: Rediscovering Toronto’s Most Ancient Trail by Glenn Turner. Local buildings at 36 Hazelton Avenue, 5 St. Joseph Street, 298 Lonsdale Road, 162 and 427 Bloor St. W., and 113 Walmer Road were also nominated for the William Greer Architectural Conservation and Craftsmanship Award, which recognizes outstanding work commissioned by property owners in conservation of Toronto’s built heritage.
Finally, Gleaner writer and contributing editor Annemarie Brissenden was nominated for a Short Publication Award for “A Haven for Children’s Literature”, an article about the unique history of the Lillian H. Smith branch of the Toronto Public Library that appeared in the September 2015 edition of this newspaper.
NEWS: HVRA recognized for historical achievements (May 2016)
ON THE COVER: Tracking history in the Annex (April 2016)
ARTS: Capturing the Ward (October 2015)
HISTORY: A haven for children’s literature (September 2015)
NEWS: Preserving a sense of community (March 2015)