"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

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Ontario Residents Bring History to Life by Turning Tragedy into Tributes

Photo credit: Canadiangeographic.ca
Their Innovative Centennial Remembrance to be Honoured at Rideau Hall
WINNIPEGOctober 7, 2014 /Canada NewsWire/ - The community of Goderich, Ontario is being celebrated nationally for ensuring that lives lost will be remembered for years to come.  The Great Lakes Storm of 1913 Remembrance Committee came together in 2012 to plan a series of centennial remembrance events and activities to honour those who lost their lives in the greatest Canadian maritime disaster ever to occur on the Great Lakes.  The storm of 1913, known as the 'White Hurricane,' battered the Great Lakes from November 7th to 10th in 1913 and claimed 250 lives. 
The Remembrance Committee designed activities around Goderich to inspire others along the Huron lakeshore to undertake complementary events.  In total, sixty-five collaborations were born that involved over 1,000 volunteers, numerous events that welcomed over 12,000 guests including sixty descendants of the disaster's victims. 
For honouring the memory of those affected in the Great Lakes Storm of 1913 and celebrating a former way of life that was central to the Great Lakes lakeshore communities, the Remembrance Committee is one of this year's recipients for the 2014 Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Community Programming
The francophone recipient is La Société historique du Cap-Rouge for their project "Le Centenaire du Tracel de Cap-Rouge."
This year's honourable mentions include:
Harbord Village Residents' Association for Harbord Village Oral History Project.
Living History Multimedia Association for A Desert Between Us & Them: Raiders, Traitors, and Refugees in the War of 1812.
Université Concordia (Ronald RudinPhilip Lichti, et al.) for Le retour des voix au parc national Kouchibouguac.
On Monday, November 3rd at 11:30 a.m., His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General ofCanada, will honour the recipients for their achievements and contributions to furthering interest in and understanding of our history and heritage. 
Media are invited to attend the 2014 Governor General's History Awards. Please contact rsvp@gg.ca to confirm attendance.
Announcements continue throughout the coming week and profiles of all the recipients will be available at:CanadasHistory.ca/Awards.
The Governor General's History Awards bring together community and museum organizations, students, teachers, historians, writers and media producers to celebrate as well as learn from each other.  The day prior to the award ceremonies, recipients will participate in a public history forum at the Canadian War Museum.  This year's forum is open to the public to attend onsite or online by registering at www.CanadasHistory.ca/HistoryForum.                                                               
About Canada's History Society

Canada's History Society is a Winnipeg-based charitable organization devoted to popularizing Canadian history.  In addition to publishing Canada's History (formerly The Beaver) magazine, and Kayak: Canada's History Magazine for Kids, the Society also produces the Governor General's History Awards to celebrate excellence in the field and encourage more discovery, celebrations and understanding about our rich history and culture.  More details can be found at CanadasHistory.ca.
About Spectra Energy

Spectra Energy Corp (NYSE: SE), a FORTUNE 500 company, is one of North America's premier natural gas infrastructure companies serving three key links in the natural gas value chain: gathering and processing, transmission and storage, and distribution. For more than a century, Spectra Energy and its predecessor companies have developed critically important pipelines and related infrastructure connecting natural gas supply sources to premium markets.
Based in Houston, Texas, the company's operations in the United States and Canada include more than 19,000 miles of transmission pipeline, approximately 305 billion cubic feet of storage, as well as natural gas gathering and processing, natural gas liquids and local distribution operations. The company also has a 50 percent ownership in DCP Midstream, one of the largest natural gas gatherers and processors in the United States. Spectra Energy is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indexes and the Carbon Disclosure Project's Global 500 and S&P 500 Carbon Disclosure Leadership Indexes. For more information, visit www.spectraenergy.com.
SOURCE Canada's History

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