2020 Richmond Heritage Award Recipients announced
08 December 2020
Walking tours that transports one from the year 2020 to deep into Richmond’s hidden past; and volunteer-led efforts to restore a protected heritage building are the celebrated recipients of this year’s Heritage Awards, announced at the December 7 Council Meeting.
“These annual awards recognize Richmond individuals and organizations for their dedication to the conservation of historic places and for promoting an awareness of Richmond diverse history,” says Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “We thank all those who submitted nominations and the many who are dedicated to Richmond’s heritage.”The two recipients are:
- The Richmond Museum Society, for their contribution to public history and heritage education through their recently-launched Self-Guided Historical Walking Tours at Terra Nova and Brighouse, undertaken as part of a new Covid-19 outreach initiative; and
- The Richmond Hospital/Healthcare Auxiliary for their significant contribution to the conservation of historic places through their volunteer-led effort to restore the protected heritage building known as the “Steveston Methodist Church” which is now home to the Auxiliary’s Thrift Shop at 3711 and 3731 Chatham Street.
Richmond has a unique and significant heritage which includes buildings, landscapes, artifacts, residents and their histories. An important way by which the City recognizes people and organizations for their heritage efforts is through the annual Richmond Heritage Awards, sponsored by the Richmond Heritage Commission.
The awards are based on public nominations of people and/or organizations for their dedication to the preservation, restoration, rehabilitation of a historic place and promotion of heritage. Some of the ways these efforts are recognized include promoting local heritage awareness through education, restoring a historic building or landscape, outreach or advocacy, and contributing to local heritage knowledge by interpreting places and events.
The nominations were reviewed by the Richmond Heritage Commission, and the recipients contacted and publicly announced. The Richmond Heritage Commission thanks all those who submitted nominations to the Richmond Heritage Awards and for their continued heritage efforts.
For more information on the City’s commitment to Heritage and on the Richmond Heritage Commission, visit https://www.richmond.ca/plandev/planning2/heritage.htm.