Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 21, 2008 13:30 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Centennial Anniversary Celebrations for Norfolk County's Forest Station

NORFOLK COUNTY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 21, 2008) - On behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and Member of Parliament (Haldimand-Norfolk), today announced funding for activities related to Norfolk County's centennial as a forest station.

Funding of $50,000 will be used to organize activities to celebrate the centennial of Canada's first forest station that served as a research centre, as well as Norfolk County's 2008 designation as the Forest Capital of Canada.

"The Government of Canada is proud to support these Centennial celebrations by providing funding under the new Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program," said Minister Verner. "We are proud to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate local history and heritage."

"It is important for all of us in Norfolk that future generations remember our heritage," said Minister Finley. "Norfolk County has played a historic role in Canada's forest industry, and I'm very proud of the work done by the Norfolk Historical Society to help all of us remember our past and very pleased that this money will help support their work."

"The Norfolk Historical Society has been actively documenting and preserving Norfolk County's past for more than 100 years," said Phil Ross, President of the Norfolk Historical Society. "We are pleased to receive this funding, as it will allow us to help the people of Norfolk discover more about the role that our community has played in the history and development of North America's forest industry."

The new Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, announced in September 2007, provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in local activities that present arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage. This program will benefit many community events and celebrations in Canada throughout the coming year.

The Government of Canada is committed to building stronger communities and to providing all Canadians with opportunities to get involved in their communities and in celebrating Canadian arts and heritage.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Maya Kane
    Manager, Regional
    Ontario Region
    416-954-6615