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September 30, 2009 10:00 ET

Leonard Cusack Re-Appointed to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 30, 2009) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced the re-appointment of Mr. Leonard Cusack as a Prince Edward Island member of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC).

"I am pleased to re-appoint Mr. Cusack to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada", said Minister Prentice. "His extensive knowledge of Canada's history and his genuine interest will help the Board ensure that Canada's rich historical heritage is adequately remembered and appreciated by all Canadians, today and tomorrow."

Created in 1919, the HSMBC advises the Minister of the Environment on the designation of places, people and events of national historic significance. With Parks Canada, it also ensures that these subjects of national historic significance are marked appropriately, both within Canada and abroad. The HSMBC has 17 members: Librarian and Archivist of Canada, an officer of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and one part-time Governor-in-Council appointee for each province and territory, with the exception of Quebec and Ontario, which have two members each. Part-time appointments are made by the Governor in Council on the advice of the Minister of the Environment.

"Through his knowledge, dedication and expertise, this distinguished Canadian will make a valuable contribution to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada and its work to commemorate people, places and events of national historic significance," said the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Member of Parliament for Egmont."

Mr. Cusack received a B.A. (Honours) in History from St. Dunstans University, a B.Ed. from the University of Prince Edward Island, and an M.A. in Canadian History from the University of New Brunswick. He has been a sessional lecturer on Canadian History at the University of Prince Edward Island since 1973. His research interests are in political and social history in 20th century Canada.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Frederic Baril
    Press Secretary
    819-997-1441
    or
    Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
    Julie Dompierre
    Executive Secretary
    819-997-0129