My work to protect the natural heritage of the PEC South Shore has brought me to the realization of the incredible human heritage aspects of South Marysburgh. This extract from the County’s website explains very well my views on heritage.
“As one of the oldest settlements in Canada, Prince Edward County is blessed with a wealth of cultural heritage resources. Heritage conservation in Prince Edward County strives to protect and enhance the unique cultural significance of this place we know as 'The County'. Heritage conservation is a proactive approach to ensure that the special places in the County are protected for present and future generations. Conserving the County's unique places is a goal for municipal government, many private and not-for-profit groups as well as individuals.”
Conserving cultural heritage in this foundational region of Ontario does not need to be an imposition on property owners. In fact, many benefits can come from conserving our cultural heritage.
Progress and the future of Heritage work
I was fortunate to be chosen as one of two Councillors on the Prince Edward Heritage Advisory Committee (PEHAC) in this last term of Council. This is one of the statutory committees of Council.
PEHAC was involved in many heritage permit questions over the last four years and will be very busy going forward as the Wellington Heritage District plan will be approved later this year.
In addition, Council is creating a cultural landscape heritage plan in 2023. There is more to heritage than built heritage - the entire landscape has heritage principles which should be protected where possible. I hope to be able to continue my work in this area.