Parks Canada

Parks Canada

March 05, 2008 17:02 ET

Former Parks Canada Official Receives Top Award for Excellence in Public Service

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 5, 2008) - Parks Canada is very pleased to acknowledge the Outstanding Achievement Award of the Public Service of Canada presented to Dr. Christina Cameron, a long-time Parks Canada employee who has defined herself as a pioneer in the area of cultural heritage in Canada and around the world.

The award was presented to Dr. Cameron at a ceremony held in Ottawa today. Four other senior public servants were also presented with the prestigious award for the sustained and exceptional performance of their duties and accomplishments.

"Few people's legacies will be more completely identified with Canada's cultural heritage than that of Dr. Christina Cameron," said Alan Latourelle, Parks Canada's Chief Executive Officer. "Christina has contributed significantly to advancing the World Heritage Convention throughout the world and is a major catalyst for Canada's reputation of being a world leader in the protection and presentation of natural and cultural heritage."

In 2007, Dr. Cameron was elected Chairperson of UNESCO's World Heritage Committee. Prior to this appointment and her current position at the University of Montreal, she brought impressive credentials and authority to her positions as Director General of National Historic Sites at Parks Canada and as Secretary to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

Since beginning her Public Service career with the National Gallery of Canada in 1966, she has written extensively on issues related to heritage management both at the national and international levels, and served on several national and international heritage boards and advisory committees. Above all, she has gathered the respect of her colleagues and her counterparts in other jurisdictions and countries - those inspired by her passion and commitment to excellence in the development of public policies and programs to support the protection of Canada's built heritage.

As the chair of the World Heritage Committee, Dr. Cameron will be hosting the international heritage community this July in Quebec City for the 32nd session of the World Heritage Committee. The Committee is responsible for implementing the World Heritage Convention, an international agreement that aims to protect unique places on Earth that are considered to be of outstanding universal value. Canada has 14 World Heritage Sites, a part of the common heritage of mankind. Parks Canada is responsible for implementing the World Heritage Convention in Canada.

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