Saturday, July 20, 2024

Belleville to celebrate Heritage Week with film premiere, awards ceremony

Photo via City of Belleville

Ontario’s Heritage Week, running from Feb. 19 to 25, offers Ontarians a chance to celebrate the diverse facets of heritage, encompassing cultural, natural, architectural, archaeological, and collections-based elements.

Here in Belleville, Heritage Week also serves as a platform for recognizing the city’s heritage resources and the individuals and organizations dedicated to their preservation and enhancement.

Heritage Belleville, an advisory committee of the City of Belleville, will promote awareness of local heritage resources throughout the week, and honour those who have contributed to the preservation and enrichment of Belleville’s heritage landscape.

As part of the Heritage Week festivities, the committee will host a special event on Feb. 22 at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre, marking Local Heritage Day. The event will premiere the film “Belleville City Hall: Journey to Icon” followed by a Q&A session featuring guest speakers Richard Hughes and JP Lemieux. Commencing at 6 p.m. in the Minor Sports Meeting Room on the second floor, the event is open to the public at no cost.

Since 2016, Heritage Belleville has synchronized its annual Heritage Revitalization Awards with Ontario Heritage Week. These awards commend the endeavours of entities and individuals dedicated to the restoration and revitalization of Belleville’s historic edifices, landmarks, and cultural assets. Past recipients have included Paul Dinkel, Maury Flunder, Jamie Troke, and various institutions such as St. Michael Catholic School and Bridge Street United Church. During the upcoming event, the committee will recognize this year’s award recipients through a special presentation.

“We received a number of great nominations for this year’s Heritage Revitalization Awards – individuals who have demonstrated great passion and dedication to restoring and preserving our history,” Karen Fisk, chair of Heritage Belleville stated. “Heritage Week is the perfect time to reflect on the contributions of these individuals, and those who came before them, who helped make Belleville the city it is today. We hope everyone will join us as we celebrate and honour these local icons on Feb. 22.”

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