The Prince of Wales Prize for Municipal Heritage Leadership
2008 Winner - The Town of Aurora
In September 2008, the Heritage Canada Foundation awarded the Town of Aurora the prestigious 2008 Prince of Wales Prize for “demonstrating exemplary commitment to the preservation of its built heritage.”
An independent jury of heritage experts selected the Town from among a large field of nominees from across Canada, for the ninth Prince of Wales Prize. The prize was established in 1999 under the patronage of His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales. The Heritage Canada awards jury cited both the determination of Aurora to preserve and promote its legacy through bylaws and policies, and the commitment of the community to ensuring that local heritage is preserved, as important reasons for the win.
In the face of growth and change, Aurora introduced a series of measures to protect heritage buildings and districts, some dating to the early 1800s. Thanks to a dedicated community and strong municipal support for conservation, Aurora has maintained a remarkable sense of history, community and identity that is unique in the Greater Toronto Area.
The Prince of Wales Prize, which consists of a plaque, framed scroll and pennant with the insignia of The Prince of Wales and the Heritage Canada Foundation, was presented to Mayor Phyllis Morris, at the restored Théâtre Impérial in Québec City in September 2008. Previous recipients include Markham, Ontario; Victoria, British Columbia; Saint-John, New Brunswick; Québec, Québec; Perth, Ontario; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia and St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.