The BCHFS is honoured to have received the 2016 Outstanding Achievement in Education and Public Awareness Award from Heritage BC. The award was presented at the organization’s 35th annual gala in Vancouver held in conjunction with Heritage Week festivities. The event, which brought together professionals from across the province, celebrated the significant achievements of British Columbia’s “heritage heroes”.

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“The peer review panel of judges recognized that the Heritage Fairs Program in BC has been outstanding as a means of engaging youth in the history and heritage of BC and Canada,” said Kathryn Molloy, Executive Director of Heritage BC. “Through participation in the Fairs program, youth develop citizenship and leadership skills. The Heritage Fairs program builds young citizens and future leaders who understand the relevance of the history and heritage of our Province.”

“Heritage Fairs projects often appeal to students who might not be inspired by schoolwork but are enthusiastic about subjects close to them—like hockey, or a grandparent’s wartime service. These are what they turn into Heritage Fair projects,” noted President Michael Gurney. “The recognition a student receives through presenting his or her project at a School, Regional or Provincial Fair can have a significant positive impact—and change an unfocused student to an active one. Heritage Fairs help set young citizens on a path to becoming leaders.”

Since 1981, Heritage BC has recognized individuals, groups, organizations, government and the private sector for exceptional work in heritage conservation, planning, education and awareness. BCHFS is thrilled to be included in the ranks of such prestigious projects and heritage heroes. Click here to view the press release or visit Heritage BC’s website for more information.