It was with great honour that today the Rideau Canal Festival awarded to Ms. Jo MacFadden, film and television producer, the Annual World Heritage Rideau Canal Festival Award, during an event which saw the raising of the UNESCO flag, in celebration of World Heritage Day at City Hall.
Every year the Festival recognizes an organization or an individual that has contributed to the preservation and promotion of the Rideau Canal in a remarkable way. In fact, this year the Rideau Canal Festival also chose to honour Alan Latourelle, CEO of Parks Canada on their 100th Anniversary and for their exemplary dedication to preserving the Canal for generations to come.
Clearly, Ontario benefits from the fact that the Rideau Canal is one of Canada\’s 15 world heritage sites, the only one in the province. It was officially designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2007 and with their collaboration, a symbolic award of a sculpted wooden metre, defending the Festival\’s green mission of \”Aim for Zero\” is given to the chosen recipient. See http://www.rideaucanalfestival.ca/adopt.html. This year marks the 4th anniversary of the Rideau Canal World Heritage Award ceremony.
\”We are once again pleased to present the Rideau Canal World Heritage Award. Several individuals and organizations are dedicated to the preservation and general promotion of the Canal as we cherish its place within our city and recognize the impact it has for citizens and visitors along with the economic impact it has on the business community. It is therefore, befitting that we recognize and thank those individuals and organizations, today \”, indicated Blair Patacairk, Chair of the Rideau Canal Festival.
Joining Mr. Patacairk, were Mayor Jim Watson, David A. Walden, Secretary-General, Arts Council of Canada, Canadian Commission for UNESCO, and Alan Latourelle, CEO of Parks Canada.
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