New Westminster, BC – The Queen’s Park Neighbourhood Heritage Study working group has been recognized with an Outstanding Achievement Award in the category of Heritage Planning and Management from Heritage BC. The group, comprising volunteer city residents, studied heritage conservation options for the neighbourhood from 2014-2017 with oversight from the City.
The group’s goal was to explore heritage conservation practice, evaluate available options for conservation programs, and make a recommendation to Council. The award recognizes the dedication and work of this volunteer group, who met over thirty times in four years, plus spent as many hours spent in community consultation.
“I’m very proud of the work that was done by the working group – their award is well-deserved,” said Working Group Chair Jaimie McEvoy. “Thank you to everyone in the group for working together to actively and creatively engage Queen’s Park residents on the important issue of heritage conservation.”
The group included representatives from the Heritage Preservation Society, the Queen’s Park Residents’ Association, owners, and renters in the neighbourhood. The members acted as the teachers, listeners, advocates, and champions of heritage throughout the research process, bringing both Council and the community on board as they drove the policy-making process.
The award will be presented to the Queen’s Park Neighbourhood Heritage Study working group in May at Heritage BC’s annual conference in New Westminster. To learn more about the Queen’s Park Heritage Conservation Area project, visit www.newwestcity.ca/QPHCA