2014 Heritage Merit and Appreciation Awards
The 2014 Heritage Merit and Appreciation Awards were presented by Mayor Mckay at the February Council meeting on Tuesday, February 18, 2014.
2014 Heritage Award Presentation – Mayor McKay
It is my pleasure to present the 2014 Heritage Merit and Appreciation Awards this evening.
Council declared February 17th to 23rd to be "Heritage Week" in the Town of Midland. As part of the celebration of Ontario Heritage Week, the Midland Heritage Committee recommended to Council nominations for this year's Heritage Appreciation Awards and Heritage Merit Award.
The Town of Midland has been awarding plaques to heritage homes and buildings in the Town since 1994, and to date have awarded over 40 Heritage Merit Awards in recognition of the efforts of property owners to preserve and enhance Midland's built heritage. Tonight we honour the award by Council of the 2014 Heritage Merit Award to Mr. Ross Skoggard and Mrs. Alicia Scarth for 423 Hugel Avenue.
The home at 423 Hugel Avenue was built around 1900 and was once owned by David Joseph Burke, a prominent ship Captain and tug man on Georgian Bay. The current owners have restored the entire first and second floors, which has included the preservation of the original details such as mouldings, hardwood floors, ceiling and wall treatments and fireplaces. Where reconstruction was necessary, it maintained the architectural style of the home and enhanced the overall heritage character.
In addition to the restoration work, the property owners participated in the 2013 Victorian Christmas Home Tour, opening their home to the public in order to share this piece of Midland's heritage and to help to raise money for the Midland Heritage Committee.
The presentation of this year's Heritage Merit Award is to Ross Skoggard and Alicia Scarth for their efforts in restoring the heritage character of 423 Hugel Avenue.
The Heritage Appreciation Awards recognize individuals or groups who have made a significant contribution to the promotion or support of local heritage, contributed to the promotion and preservation of the Town's history or who have made a significant contribution to the preservation of one or more local heritage assets. Three Heritage Appreciation Awards will be presented tonight.
Mrs. Sue McKenzie is currently the Chair of the Midland Heritage Committee and has continuously demonstrated a passion for heritage issues in the Town of Midland and beyond. In particular, in her role as Co-Chair of the Local Organizing Committee for the 2013 Ontario Heritage Conference, Sue McKenzie showed an incredible passion and energy for promoting heritage education and awareness and was involved in most aspects of the planning of this significant undertaking.
For these reasons, the Town of Midland is pleased to present Mrs. Sue McKenzie with a 2014 Heritage Appreciation Award.
Mr. Jamie Hunter has recently retired from the Huronia Museum where he filled the role of director and curator for 29 years. Jamie has demonstrated a lifelong passion for heritage and archeological issues in the Midland area and has accumulated an incredible amount of local knowledge which he has shared in the interest of promoting the preservation of the Midland's heritage.
For these reasons, the Town of Midland is pleased to present Mr. Jamie Hunter with a 2014 Heritage Appreciation Award.
Mr. Gerry Lesperance is the owner of the A Charter's Inn at 290 Second Street where he has worked to maintain this heritage home. In addition, Gerry has been an enthusiastic participant in the Victorian Christmas Home Tour for several years and in Doors Open Ontario where he has opened up his property to visitors.
For these reasons, the Town of Midland is pleased to present Mr. Gerry Lesperance with a 2014 Heritage Appreciation Award.
Gerry was unable to be here tonight due to an injury. Mrs. Cecile Lesperance will accept the award on her son's behalf.
Congratulations to all award winners and thank you for all your efforts in furthering heritage preservation and promotion in the Town of Midland.
(From left) Cecile Lesperance, Jamie Hunter, Sue McKenzie, Mayor McKay, Alicia Scarth and Ross Skoggard