"Tales of pioneer hardship and deprivation have been told many times. Yet still we remember in wonder, that people accomplished so much with so little; that men and women with simple tools, their bare hands, and their own inventiveness cleared the land, drained the swamps, made their own clothing and provided their own food. Through all these difficulties God was with them and they wanted their children educated intellectually and spritually." from Norfolk Street United Church history

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

New Ontario Heritage Trust Executive Director Announced

TORONTO, July 31, 2012 /Canada NewsWire/ - The Ontario Heritage Trust will continue to identify, protect, renew and promote Ontario's rich and diverse built, cultural and natural heritage under the leadership of a new executive director.

The appointment of Beth Hanna as executive director was officially announced this week by Ontario Heritage Trust Chairman Dr. Thomas H.B. Symons and Steven Davidson, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Ms. Hanna has served as the Trust's Director of Heritage Programs and Operations since 2000. She has also provided significant contributions to a number of government initiatives, including the Ministry of Culture's Implementation Team for the 2005 Amendments to the Ontario Heritage Act, the Ministry of Natural Resources' Natural Spaces Leadership Alliance and the Religious Heritage Properties Working Group. With more than 30 years of experience in the field of conservation, Ms. Hanna held senior leadership positions in culture and heritage at the City of Toronto prior to joining the Trust.

"I am delighted to welcome Beth to this new role and look forward to working with her and with our dedicated partners across the province to celebrate and protect our unique heritage. Her strong leadership and commitment to conservation will ensure that the Trust remains a centre of excellence for the delivery of services to the government and communities of Ontario." - Thomas H.B. Symons, Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust

Quick Facts

...The Ontario Heritage Trust's headquarters is located in downtown Toronto at 10 Adelaide Street East.

...The Provincial Plaque Program is the Trust's oldest and perhaps best-known activity. Over 1,200 provincial plaques have been unveiled since 1956.

...The Ontario Heritage Trust holds 27 built heritage sites and more than 160 natural properties for the people of Ontario.

...The Trust is an agency of the Government of Ontario dedicated to identifying, protecting, renewing and promoting Ontario's heritage.

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