Queens County Heritage is very pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 Honours and Awards which were given out at a Christmas Reception on Friday, 23 November in advance of Christmas in the Village. The reception is a member and friends event to preview the Tilley House decorations, share some good cheer and thank the many people who support Queens County Heritage. The awards are presented to individuals, groups or organizations that have made a significant contribution to the preservation, collection and interpretation of Queens County heritage and culture. In his welcome and opening remarks, President Bruce Thomson noted that so many people help to make Queens County Heritage work on a daily basis and these awards are recognition of the army of people who make such outstanding contributions. On hand to present the awards in addition to Thomson were Vice-Presidents Jill Merritt-Coy, Mary Anne Chrisjohn, Lynn Mills, Gerald Breau, and Executive Director Susan Shalala.
The award for Public Programming was given to Linda Nicholson-Dempsey and the Eco-Kids Program of the Cambridge-Narrows School. In the spring of 2011 and 2012, this group of students planted a heritage vegetable garden at the Anthony Flower House, which has improved the Flower House site and provided a means of engagement between the students and the historic site.
Gillian Christie-Noble, Oromocto Post-Gazette received the Communication and Public Awareness award for her unfailing coverage of our events. Whether an exhibition opening, funding announcement or a fun event, Gillian is on site with a recorder and camera to capture our activities and make our region aware of the many things we do.
The award for Sustainability and Development was given to Milton D’Aoust for his volunteer services as groundskeeper – which made for a savings of over $4000 to our budget. Lawns, signs, plumbing and furniture moving are just a few of the tasks that kept Milton busy over the summer. Is it generosity or wanting to be near his sweetie? We’re not sure but we appreciate the work no matter what the motivation!
INK Graphic Design, Saint John, was recognized for several years of work creating the interpretive panels, labels, posters and other promotional materials for Queens County Heritage with the Preservation and Interpretation Award. Their beautiful work has greatly enhanced our exhibitions over the years and made for many memorable visitor experiences.
Susan Shalala presented the Director’s Award to MLA Ross Wetmore for his support and invaluable assistance since becoming our provincial member. It is exciting and gratifying to have a partner in the community like Ross who recognizes our work and is always looking out for our best interests and opportunities. Not to be outdone, Ross then presented a Diamond Jubilee photographic portrait of The Queen to Queens County Heritage which will be placed at the Court House.
Finally, the President’s Award was given to Shawna Quinn, a member, former board member and previous VP Preservation and Interpretation who was responsible for the development and implementation of numerous policies and procedures, preparation of the annual report for many years, and co-curator of several exhibitions.
The board, staff, members and friends of Queens County Heritage extend our heartiest congratulations to the 2012 Honours and Awards recipients and wish all of Queens County the best in 2013!