Garry Denniss honoured with Lt.-Gov.’s Ontario Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement
BRACEBRIDGE – Former MuskokaTODAY columnist Gary Denniss has been has been awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Ontario Heritage Trust.
Mayor Graydon Smith and members of council, and the Town of Bracebridge Community Recognition Advisory Committee who recommend him, are pleased to announce that resident Denniss has been honoured.
The award recognizes Ontario resident for their volunteer contributions to conserving community heritage over a period of 25 years or more, says a news release.
In the presence of the chair of the Ontario Heritage Trust, the Lieutenant Governor presented Denniss with the award at a special ceremony at Queen’s Park on February 21.
Accompanying Denniss was his family and Bracebridge District Councillor Steve Clement.
Denniss, a long-time resident of Bracebridge and retired school teacher, has been volunteering in the community since 1970. He has written more than 30 books on local heritage, along with his contributions as a newspaper columnist for MuskokaTODAY.
As a long-standing member of the Langford Cemetery Board, his volunteer work included overseeing the general maintenance of the cemetery grounds, caring for historic gravestones, decorating veteran’s graves, an expansion program, fundraising events and organizing an annual heritage day to celebrate the history of the site.
“The town is very pleased with provincial level recognition of Mr. Denniss’s accomplishments and contributions to the town,” said Clement.
“Gary Denniss has made an incredible commitment to protecting and preserving the rich history of the area by ensuring it is preserved for future generations.”
Bracebridge’s recognition advisory committee accepts submissions on an annual basis for Community Award nominations. Those selected are recognized and celebrated at an awards ceremony each spring at the Rene M. Caisse Memorial Theatre.
The 2014 volunteer award nominations are now open. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday April 1, 2014. Packages are available at the Bracebridge Sportsplex and online at www.bracebridge.ca.
Dr. Thomas H.B. Symons, chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust, Gary Denniss, recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement and Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
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