The recipient of the City of Nelson’s 2018 Heritage Award was author Peter Bartl (second from right), seen here with city councillor Jesse Woodward, Heritage Working Group chair Astrid Heyerdahl, and Mayor John Dooley.                                 File photo

The recipient of the City of Nelson’s 2018 Heritage Award was author Peter Bartl (second from right), seen here with city councillor Jesse Woodward, Heritage Working Group chair Astrid Heyerdahl, and Mayor John Dooley. File photo

City seeks nominations for heritage champion

The winner will be announced at a ceremony in December

Submitted by City of Nelson

The City of Nelson is now accepting applications and nominations for its annual Heritage Award, honouring individuals, businesses or organizations who have made an outstanding contribution towards the preservation and/or promotion of Nelson’s heritage.

The winner, who will receive a $1,000 honorarium, will be announced at the city’s annual reception on Dec. 9. Previous recipients include author Peter Bartl, historian Greg Scott, retailer Cartolina, and the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce.

“We’re fortunate to be surrounded by heritage resources in Nelson,” says Stephanie Fischer, acting chair of the Heritage Working Group.

“Heritage extends beyond the stunning Victorian and Art Deco buildings and valuable industrial sites throughout our city. Heritage also refers to Indigenous sites, cultural traditions, storytelling, plants and trees, creeks and fish, craft-making, and knowledge passed from generation to generation — these are all vital examples of our heritage that make up the diversity and beauty of our area.

“We’re thankful for those before us who’ve insisted on saving valuable sites and stories, the people who carry on this important work, and to the City of Nelson for recognizing the individuals and organizations who make it their life’s work to bring our diverse heritage and history to life.”

The city’s Heritage Working Group established this award to recognize and publicly appreciate individuals, groups, businesses, or other organizations who have demonstrated leadership in heritage restoration, renewal, or promotion, and to acknowledge the contribution heritage makes to the City of Nelson’s vitality, well-being, and identity.

Deadline for submissions is Oct. 25. Nomination and application forms can be downloaded at https://bit.ly/2mv9Qzi and https://bit.ly/2oF16am.