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Maple Ridge presents annual heritage awards

Heritage conservation efforts will be recognized at Wednesday’s presentations
Jill Smith and Tom Little won the Sheila Nickols Heritage Award in 2023. (Special to The News)

The Maple Ridge Heritage Awards, which have been celebrating the keepers of local history for almost 30 years, are coming up.

The 2024 Heritage Awards Ceremony will be held at the Albion Community Centre (24165 104th Ave.) on Wednesday, Feb. 21, with presentations to begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free, and there will be live music, refreshments and door prizes. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

The awards are given out each year by the Community Heritage Commission in recognition of special initiatives, accomplishments and projects that have advanced heritage conservation and awareness in the community.

Nominees may be proposed for their long-term dedication to heritage, for a single effort that made a notable difference, for leadership and vision in educating the public, or for a project or action that had a positive outcome for built heritage in Maple Ridge. The categories for nominees are:

Heritage Site Award, History Hero Award, the Sheila Nickols Award to recognize an individual or group who has helped maintain Maple Ridge heritage, Stewardship of a Community Cultural Asset Award, and the Youth Heritage Award which recognizes a young person or group (25 or under) and their contributions to the heritage conservation community.

These awards have been presented since 1996.

Members of the public are asked to reserve online.

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