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Transcript of WRHF 1973-2013
Heritage and Development: Partners in Community Conference 1989
This event was held Saturday April 1st, 1989, at Conestoga College's Doon Campus and attracted a group of over 80 people from the region and surrounding areas of Goderich, Toronto, Burlington, Seaforth, and Kingston.
A keynote address was given by Marc Denhez, the author of “Heritage Fights Back,” the classic text for Canadian archival preservation.
The conference featured a panel discussion featuring John Latimer from Monarch Construction, Sybil Frenette from the Kitchener Planning Department, Dr. Margaret Angus of the Frontenac Heritage Trust, and Mark Yantzi, a core area Councillor and a member of Regional Council.
A workshop was also conducted by Dr. Margaret Angus and Joanne Smart on the topic of Revolving Funds.
Think Tank Committee 1988
On November 26th the Foundation held a day long think tank at the Willowells Club in Waterloo. The event was designed to examine the views of current and former members of the Foundation Board on the effectiveness of the Foundation and its policies in order to establish a strategy for the future
Topics of discussion
-How well the mandate of the Foundation is being met
-Activism- should the Board be active or passive
-Relationship with the Region, in terms of funding and staff
-Composition of the Board and how members are appointed
List of Goals
- To promote the Foundation and its work
- To spend grant dollars
- To review and streamline grant guidelines
- To take an advocacy position on heritage
- To develop and examine relationships with constituent groups
- To plan a strategy for the future
- To develop a full-time staff resource person
- To have a staff resource person assigned to the Foundation
- Prepare and distribute a Heritage Resource Manual
- Structure three working committees: Grants Committee, 3 members plus Chairman; Public Profile Committee, 3 members plus Chairman; Long-Term Goals Committee, 2 members plus Chairman
- Forge a stronger connection between heritage and planning
- Create a new corporate image for the foundation
1st Annual Heritage Showcase
February 17th, 1990
Prior to 1990, the Foundation has hosted a reception to mark Heritage Day, publicizing the work of the Foundation within the heritage community, and to acknowledge the owners of designated properties in the Region. In addition, the Foundation ran a series of newspaper advertisements in regional newspapers describing the purpose of the Foundation and displaying a calendar of Heritage Week events.
It was decided that in place of the reception, a heritage showcase would be held in order to better assist and promote groups actively working to preserve heritage.
The first annual Heritage Showcase took place at Fairview Park Mall on February 17th. Over 60 groups were contacted to participate in the showcase and 35 groups responded to this request. These groups mounted displays, came in costumes, and showed photos, artifacts, movies and videos.
The Foundation funded the cost for newspaper and magazine advertisements, promotion, tables and chairs, and a Heritage Supplement to the Waterloo County Times
The Editor of the Waterloo County Times, Elin Edwards, produced a supplement for the Foundation which featured the activities and work of the Foundation over the past year. This supplement was distributed free at the showcase in addition to being distributed in the K-W Real Estate News, and at local schools and libraries.
In 1990, the WRHF undertook a feasibility project to examine the Waterloo Region's archival resources. Dr. Elizabeth Bloomfield was hired to carry out the study
Dr. Bloomfield presented her report in April 1991, which was then distributed to municipal government officials in the Region
This study was not well received as a result of the impending election. As a result, a meeting was organized to be held in April of 1992 to discuss the feasibility study
In 1993, WRHF decided to establish a standing archives committee linked to the Grand River Chapter of the Archives Association of Ontario to better foster discussion on the state of the Region's archival resources
The event attracted 33 participants and was held at St. Jerome's College, UW
The Workshop featured:
Dr. Elizabeth Bloomfield; Robin Keirstead, Manager Corporate Records, Region of Waterloo; Richard Fuller, Conservator, Heritage Resources, Region of Waterloo; Jim Quantrell, Archivist, City of Cambridge.
Accent on Archives Workshop
Novmeber 9th, 1991
The Workshop was led by Dr. Elizabeth Bloomfield to educate participants on the principles and operations of archives
In 1990, the Foundation purchased a 3-section, 3-panel wide display unit along with lighting and mounting material. The display system was made available to organizations wishing to mount historical displays viewed by the public. A form was developed to facilitate loan of the display system.
Grants Review Committee
In 1990, a committee was established to review grant applications and to prepare recommendations to be submitted to the Board at the monthly meetings
In this year, a total of five grants in aid of publications were awarded.
-An annual grant was forwarded to the Waterloo Historical Society to assist in the publication of its Annual Volume
-A second grant was awarded to the Kitchener-Waterloo Community Concert Association to assist in the publication of a booklet commemorating the Association’s 60th anniversary.
-The third grant was given to the North Dumfries LACAC for printing its brochure
-A fourth grant was the final portion of the grant awarded to the North Waterloo Region Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario for its information pamphlet
-The largest grant-in-aid of publications was awarded to Mr. Alfred Schenk to assist in his illustrated book “Folk Song Book in the Street Talk of Berlin”
Projects Grants Awarded
-Wilmont LACAC to fund a study of the New Hamburg Core Area to aid in its possible designation as a heritage district
-Waterloo County Board of Education for the purchase of plaques to be presented to participants in the Board’s History Fair
-Kitchener LACAC for funds to reproduce two sets of historic photographs of Victoria Park
-A grant was awarded to MKS Holdings for the restoration of the City of Waterloo’s former Post Office clock tower
-The Waterloo Wellington Museums and Galleries Collaborative received a grant to assist in the publication of its brochure
Waterloo Regional Bibliography Project
Goal: to create a definitive bibliography of Waterloo County History to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Waterloo's regional government
This project received a large amount of funding and was supported by grants of $70,000 from Social Sciences and Humanities Research council of Canada (SSHRC) and $25,000 from the WRHF
The Bibliography was published in 1993 and enjoyed large sales
Currently, public copies of the bibliography are housed in the Doris Lewis Rare Book Room, UW, and at the Grace Schmidt Room, KPL
The goal of the project was to
“Increase knowledge of and access to a large body of historical materials on an important and unique region that has great interest for a wide range of users including students and teachers at all levels and community groups of all kinds, as well as academics”
- Susan Bellingham, Chair, Grants Committee. Annual Report 1992.
Grand River Watershed
In 1993, the Grand River was designated as a Heritage River primarily based on its cultural and recreational features. It was the first river in a highly settled part of Canada to receive this mark of distinction. Although this was a very important milestone, it marked the beginning of an even more important phase in which government agencies, community groups, educational institutions, businesses, individuals, and foundations worked together to promote and reinforce the concept of the Heritage river designation. The Foundation supported the designation of the Grand River as a Heritage River, and took up a role as an active participant throughout the heritage designation process. Members from the Foundation attended a series of community workshops, and provided a detailed response to a questionnaire that focused on the issues and priorities in the watershed.
From the year 1993, the Heritage Showcase was held on a rotational basis between Fairview Park Mall in Kitchener and Conestoga Mall in Waterloo. Upwards of 30 heritage groups participated each year and attracted a high degree of interest from mall shoppers. Groups used creative means to attract the public, coming in costume, bringing props, and demonstrating historical activities. The Heritage Showcase was a great success during these years and generated interest in the activities of numerous heritage organizations.
International Plowing Match, 1995
The WRHF was engaged in the International Plowing Match of 1995 by organizing many features aimed at showcasing the agricultural history of the area, including “Life in Rural Waterloo,” a historical exhibit, various crafts and trades activities common to rural Ontario, and a large display of antique agricultural equipment made or used in the region.
The WRHF aided the Plowing Match by providing consulting and communication services to the heritage organizations present at the International Plowing Match and acting as a funding and coordinating body for the event.
Waterloo Regional Bibliography Project
In 1995, Foundation members discussed the possibility of updating the Waterloo Regional Bibliography. Emphasis would be placed on identifying new publications, as well as adding the articles appearing in new Waterloo Historical Society Annual Volumes. Updating the bibliography would also allow for the addition of items missed during the compilation of the original work.
- “The Heritage Showcase continues to be one of the Foundation's greatest services to the broader heritage community in the region. Much of the success of the event goes to the Directors of the Foundation who volunteered their time and efforts in organizing the event and staffing the Foundation’s display during the Showcase”
A large grant went to support the restoration of the Mennonite Detweiler Meeting House near Roseville to its original form.The Foundation’s grant went towards the restoration of the doors and windows.
In response to a request from the Cooper Trust, the Foundation purchased a scanner which was then to be loaned to the Trust to support its project of capturing an electronic record of the cultural landscape in the village of Blair.
The Foundation provided funds to assist with the research and writing of the Waterloo Historical Society’s publication of Waterloo County History: 1852 through 1972, a definitive work marking the 125th anniversary of the formation of the county.
Awards of Excellence
Rych Mills (1996) For compiling “Victoria Park: 100 Years of a Park and Its People,” his contribution to the Gallery in Victoria Park; ongoing contribution the Victoria Park Historical Committee as Chair; and his participation as a speaker in a variety of heritage events
Warren Stauch (1996) Nominated for his active involvement in heritage. Mr. Stauch was a Councellor, Director, and President of the Waterloo Historical Society (1974-76), Chair of the Ontario Pioneer Community Foundation, and volunteer with the Friends of Doon Heritage Crossroads. In the past, Mr. Stauch acted as the Chair of Heritage Resources Advisory Committee for the Regional Municipality of Waterloo and is involved with the Heritage Resources Center at the University of Waterloo
Dr. Peter Wyshynski (1996) Nominated for his contribution to heritage preservation through ownership and renovation of the Snyder-Seagram house at 50 Albert Street in Waterloo, a historically significant home renovated to the period of 1906 by Dr. Wyshynski.
WRHF is on the Internet!
In 1996, a homepage for the Foundation on the Waterloo Region's web site was created to increase public awareness of the WRHF and the opportunities and assistance that the Foundation provides for heritage in our region
The homepage delivered information to the general public on the Foundation's activities and history with a focus on grants, awards, and projects. Application forms were provided on the website along with information regarding how the public could get involved with the Foundation.
Sally Thorsen Award of Excellence
In 1996, the Foundation approved the creation of a Sally Thorsen Award of Excellence to acknowledge her distinguished heritage achievements in the public service
The award is scheduled to be presented annually to a person “demonstrating an outstanding and active level of commitment to heritage concerns in the course of their professional lives”- WRHF Annual Report 1996
The retired teacher Mike Wagner won the first award for his tireless campaigning for heritage preservation. His efforts and accomplishments included architectural conservation, cultural celebration, and education. He played an instrumental role in the City of Kitchener’s establishment of a heritage planning function in 1992. Mr. Wagner was the Chairman of Heritage Kitchener for six years, expanding the activities of the organization significantly. Mr. Wagner was instrumental in the creation of the Adaptive Re-Use Committee which focused on developing a program to encourage the re-use of vacant or older industrial and commercial buildings in Kitchener, a program which gained national recognition.
The Development Committee was created as an internal committee within the Foundation acting to develop a long-range plan to promote awareness and raise funds for worthwhile heritage projects within the region.
The first steps taken by the Committee in 1998 included finding consultants for a Planning and Feasibility Study to determine the level of community knowledge, interest, and support of the Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation and examine the potential for fund raising
To achieve this goal, the Gordon L. Goldie Company was hired by the Foundation on March 24th 1998
Creation of the WRHF
“In its commendable wisdom, Regional Council, in 1974, made a commitment unprecedented in municipal history in Ontario, and perhaps in Canada. It is now making available badly needed funds to enable the heritage-oriented organizations within our boundaries to fulfill dreams that have until now been elusive and to reach objectives that have been unattainable”- J.K Young, Regional Chairman.
-Regional council set out to establish a group that acted to provide collective direction of heritage organizations within the region.
-Funding was allocated to the Foundation by the region at a $0.25 per capita grant with an additional grant of $0.20 allocated to Doon Pioneer Village
“it is the purpose of the foundation to judiciously direct these allotted funds in a manner most beneficial to the community as a whole”- Annual Report 1973-74
The Foundation was inaugurated with a meeting held on Aug 20th 1973. Participants in the meeting included representatives from
- WHS, Doon Pioneer Village, Waterloo Mennonite Historical Society, the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, and Wilfrid Laurier University
Adoption of A Charter
A charter was signed on January 8th, 1974 and outlined the objects for which the Foundation was formed
- “to preserve heritage, culture, traditions, landmarks, buildings, and objects of historical significance; to acquire and restore property by purchase or donation; to support the endeavors of others in the same field; to produce information respecting heritage matters; to make, buy or sell articles of traditional, cultural, or historical significance; to raise funds or accept contributions providing that the foundation shall be carried on without the purpose of gain for its members and any profits to the foundation shall be used in promoting its objectives.” Annual Report 1973-74
In addition, the charter established the position of 15 directors who would form the base of the Foundation
"The regional chairman or an appointed representative, a member of Regional Council, a faculty member from the History department of the University of Waterloo, a faculty member from the History department of Wilfrid Laurier University, four members one each of whom shall represent;
- The Waterloo Historical Society (WHS), The Waterloo Mennonite Historical Society, the Cambridge Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, the Ontario Pioneer Village Foundation, and seven members elected by the above members"- Annual Report 1973-74
- The acquisition and preservation of the Joseph Schneider Homestead was a top priority within the foundation. The Foundation worked to investigate the way in which it would acquire the property.
- Peter Martin Farm House, formerly located in north Waterloo, was moved by the Foundation to Doon Pioneer Village in order to protect the building of historic significance from being torn down.
- The foundation funded a grant to assist in a colloquium being held to honour the 100th anniversary of Mackenzie King's birth
- A substantial funding request came from the Cambridge Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario to complete a study of historic architecture in Cambridge
"The Years 1973 and 1974 set the stage for the continued success of the Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation in its attempts to provide a living link with the past in order that the future generations may learn from their ancestors"- Annual Report 1973-74
- The Brubacher House was a significant undertaking by the Foundation, making a commitment of providing two thirds of the required funding to the project.
- The Foundation allocated a substantial grant to assist in the renovation of Cambridge Council Chambers.
- The renovation and use of the Schneider House remained an activity of utmost importance to the foundation throughout 1975-76. It was agreed that the Schneider House would be restored to represent an Early Pennsylvania German farmhouse. “The basis for the ultimate restoration has been laid down in 1976...however, the demand still remains for increase deliberation and work to the restoration draw to a completed stage”
Joseph Schneider House
In 1978, the Board of Directors was established for the management and operation of the heritage site.
The terms of the Board were agreed upon as such;
“That the Chairman of the Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation will be an ex officio member of the Board; that the Chairman will be the Acting Chairman of the Board pro tem; that the Board of Directors will be a Board dealing with the principles and not day-to-day operation; That the Board of Directors be individuals who represent the interests of the community in the Region of Waterloo, and not those of specific groups.”- Annual Report 1978
A feasibility study of the Tower was conducted by the Foundation in order to consider the restoration of the tower, the control of vandalism, public access, and sources of financing
Preston Public School
The Foundation gave financial assistance to conduct a feasibility study to preserve the historic school. It was agreed that the Foundation would pay half of the bill for a structural investigation of the school.
In 1979,the foundation supported the interior and exterior restoration of the Schneider House, carried out by Whitman Contracting Limited and designed by Ms. Susan MacFarlane Burke. The foundation agreed to form two subcommittees which would be responsible for the restoration and construction problems in addition to interpretation issues present in the formation of the new Joseph Schneider House.In 1980, extensive construction took place on the property. In 1981, Joseph Schneider House was opened to the public on Sept 13th. In 1982, the Joseph Schneider House offered eight separate school programs, a summer camp program and an activity series during winter break. Joseph Schneider House also held a variety of public programs such as the Quilting Bee, the Schnitzing Bee, and Collectors Day. In 1983, the Region of Waterloo took responsibility of the property from the Foundation
"The Schneider House restoration has already demonstrated its great benefit to the community...the Joesph Schneider House forms the nucleus of one of the most significant historic museum complexes in the Province of Ontario"- Annual Report 1981
City of Kitchener 125th Anniversary
The Foundation was involved in the celebration of 125 years of the City of Kitchener by providing a grant of $5,000 to be used towards the publication of "Recollections of 125 Years"
The Brubacher House was officially opened on June 28th, 1979. Dr. K. McLaughlin spoke on behalf of the Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation
In November of 1979, the Kitchener Jail Feasibility Study was completed. The study suggested that there would be a positive result if the Foundation were to purchase this property. However, the Foundation lost its chance to purchase the property after it was taken on by the City of Kitchener to transform the space into a restaurant and office space. In 1980, an archaeological investigation of the Jail was undertaken by the Regional Archaeologist for the Ministry of Culture and Recreation under the supervision of field archaeologist Ian Kenyon. As a result of the excavation, a significant assemblage of well preserved artifacts was produced.
Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committees (LACAC)
The Foundation supported numerous LACAC branches within the Waterloo Region in 1979. The Woolwich Township LACAC received grants to undertake inventory analysis, the City of Waterloo LACAC to purchase three watercolours of heritage buildings to add to the City's Heritage Gallery project, the city of Cambridge to hire researchers to further inventory of historical buildings in the city.
1980 Think Tank
The Foundation discussed the possibility of having an archive present in the form of a central depository in the Waterloo Region. Regional records at this time were kept in numerous locations, and a central archive was paramount for ease of access to information. In order to address the problem of a centralized archive, the Foundation established a volunteer committee.
Heritage Properties Seminar
The Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation sponsored the "Care and Maintenance of Heritage Homes" seminar which took place on November 13th 1982. The seminar was based on discussing methods of viewing Historic Conservation Districts. The seminar received a large audience and earned positive feedback from participants.
The Foundation supported the publication of the "
Industrial Heritage Inventory of Waterloo County Industries from 1850-1910
A start up grant was awarded to the North Dumfries Township LACAC
The Heritage Canada Foundation Award for 1981 was presented to Dr. Kenneth McLaughlin and Mr. Gerald Musselman
The Ontario Renews Award for 1981 was presented to Mark/Musselman/McIntyre/Combe Architects for the renovation of the Preston Public School Apartments
In 1985, the Tremaine Map of the County of Waterloo was restored and scheduled to circulate within the Region
The Foundation commissioned an update to the 1974 scenic roads study in the year 1985 which was undertaken by student Ron McIntyre in consultation with Dr. Roger Suffling and the Regional Department of Planning and Development. The main goal of the study was to support planning policies for maintaining the scenic attributes of the Region's countryside. In addition, the study provided engineering guidelines for numerous construction projects along country roads
The foundation allocated a $10,000 grant to the Community Heritage Fund Project. This grant was used by Heritage Cambridge to purchase a granite and limestone cottage
The Foundation supported the Dana Porter Library of UW in 1987 with a grant of $5,000 for the conversion of KW Record photographic negatives from nitrate film to safety film from the period of 1939 to 1951. “Nitrate film is both a fire hazard and subject to deterioration and thus it was essential that these negatives be copied onto safety film for preservation and future research”- Annual Report 1987
In 1987 the Foundation sponsored the reprinting of the Busy Berlin 1912 map with an aim to produce 300 reproductions available for sale to interested parties
Heritage Day 1989, held during the week of February 20th, gave the Foundation opportunity to promote Heritage Day activities and the activities of the WRHF. The Foundation was involved in celebrating Heritage Day by sponsoring advertisements in local newspapers and hosting a reception at the Seagram Museum for people connected with heritage promotion
- Annual grants were approved for the Kitchener Public Library’s Oral History Project, the printing of the Waterloo Historical Society’s Annual Volume, and the Waterloo County Board of Education’s History Fair (1994)- Restoration grants were allocated to Castle Kilbride, and the Wellsely United Church for the refurbishing of the designated Rose Window (1994)- A grant was given to support the transfer of historical film footage documenting the rural and agricultural development of the region to video tape format for viewing at the Historical and Antiques Display at the International Plowing Match (1994)- A one-time grant was given to the Mill Race Festival in support of the promotion of the Region’s musical heritage (1994)- The Foundation assisted the Steckle Heritage Homestead with implementation of safety-related upgrades which will permit a wider range of activities on the property, thereby helping to ensure the long-term viability of the Homestead (1995)- The acquisition of the famous Sheave Tower in Blair by Heritage Cambridge was assisted by a long-standing financial commitment from the Foundation (1995)
Awards of Excellence
Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital (1995)- The Hospital acted to celebrate its Centennial by identifying, recording, and collecting the hospital’s archive, creating an oral history library, and commissioning the story of the Hospital in the book “Vital Signs.” In doing so, the KW Hospital is credited with expanding its contribution to the community it serves.
The Foundation financially supported the publication of a book on the history of Waterloo County by Mrs. Patricia McKegney
Scenic Roads Study
In 1977 the Regional Planning and Development Department took the study over from Dr. Priddle to edit and then publish the completed study
John E. Brubacher House
In 1977, the restoration of the Brubacher House was completed. It cost the Foundation a total of $42,861.25
Cambridge City Hall
The Foundation supported the City of Cambridge with a grant of $11,000 to aid in the renovation of Cambridge City Hall- a fine example of pre-Confederation architecture
The Foundation supported the relocation of an original Mennonite barn to the Pioneer Village at Doon (Waterloo Regional Museum)
Heritage Seminar 1977
The Foundation funded a seminar as requested by Heritage Cambridge. The Seminar featured Mr. George Notter, Mrs. C. Smale, Mr. Doug Koch, and Mr. Val Swain as speakers.
The Regional Development Charge
"The Regional Municipality of Waterloo, like any municipalities in Ontario, levies a charge against all development taking place when a subdivision, zone change, severance or a variance is being processed. The Region of Waterloo levies $700 against each residential unit of lot and $0.10 per square foot for commercial development. Through efforts of the Foundation, the Regional Council, by resolution, now waives any development charge where buildings over 50 years old are being rehabilitated."- Annual Report 1977
Sketches and Paintings Depicting Farm Implements of Historical Significance
The Foundation took interest in purchasing the sketches and paintings done by Mr. Woldemar Neufeld of historical farm equipment. A study was conducted to determine weather the paintings and sketches should be made available to the public.
Indian Village Site
The Foundation supported an archaeological dig at a rural property in the City of Kitchener off of Westmount Road by financing a survey plan of the property.
"The year 1998 marked an important transition in the organization of the Foundation. After recommendations from the Foundation's consultant the creation of committees would form the basis of the Foundation and serve to plan and carry out Foundation activities"-Annual Report 1998
Allocations and Finance Committee
This committee, which replaced the former Grants Committee, was created in response to the consultant's study of 1997. The change resulted in the broadening of the committee's financial mandate.
In addition, the new committee was made responsible for the entire budget of the Foundation. All other committees are to present budget requests to the Allocations and Finance Committee prior to final approval by the board.
Homer Watson House and Gallery and Heritage Cambridge for an anniversary publication and historic tour guides, respectively. The city of Kitchener received funding for its Industrial Artifacts Project. Another grant was provided to the Regional Heritage Task Force for the inputting of data from municipal heritage registers and heritage properties onto a sophisticated computer program. Funding was also provided to recipient Tony Szumigalski for a Regional Plant Species Study
Financial support was allocated to the J. Steckle Heritage Homestead for general restoration; Heritage Cambridge for the bridge at the Sheave Tower in Blair; to Paul Langan, a publication grant for his book “a Tragedy in Galt”; Wilmot Township 150th Anniversary Millennium Steering Committee for the publication of “Photographic Memories: Wilmot Township- One Hundred and Fifty Years”; and for a renovation of the Coach House at Homer Watson House and Gallery
“We think that interest in Heritage in Waterloo Region is on the increase as evidenced by the number of applications and contacts with the Foundation. The outlook for the year 2000 is very encouraging”- Gordon V. Ambrose, Chair Allocations and Finance Committee, Annual Report 1999
Restoration of the Rummelhardt School.
As a result of the Foundation’s funding, the school is scheduled for restoration as a stone schoolhouse, an exciting endeavor.
A grant was allocated by the Foundation to the J.Steckle Heritage Homestead for a barn restoration
Continued support of the production and distribution of the Annual Volume of the Waterloo Historical Society. Publication grants were approved for the following; Family Research in Ontario’s Waterloo County by Ryan Taylor, and 70 Years of Photography, 1932-2002 by Charles Belair. Support was allocated to the conservation of portraits of the former Mayors of Waterloo.
A change in regional funding occurred in 2001, when the Region approved an annual grant of $67,500. This represented a increase of $17,500 over the 2001 base amount representing funding of $0.15 per capita.
“The year 2002 was another very busy year for the Allocations and Finance committee. The same was said of 2001. The difference in 2002 was the greater number and a variety of grant applications that were considered by the Committee.” Gordon Ambrose, Chair Allocation & Finance Committee
Grants were approved to be allocated to the City of Kitchener for an Industrial Oral History Collection, and to the Cambridge Sports Hall of Fame for display cases. Publication grants were awarded to Julie Schnurr for publication of her book More Than a Pook in the Woods: Linwood Past and Present, and to the Independent living Centre for its publication Reaching for More. In addition, a grant was allocated to Public History students at the University of Waterloo for a 150th Waterloo County Anniversary display.
In 2002, the Region approved funding of $0.18 per capita for 2002 or $81,000- the approved amount was an increase of $13,500 over the 2002 base amount
The Foundation continued support of the Waterloo Historical Society for the publication and distribution of its Annual Volume, North Dumfries LACAC was given a grant for the production and publication of the Walking Tour of Ayr and the Walking Tour of Roseville. Funding was allocated to support the Friends of the Kraut Line and their Kraut Line Monument project.
In 2003, the Committee developed new guidelines to more fairly deal with project applications for privately owned heritage buildings
Communication initiatives for 1998 culminated with a special awards celebration in honor of the Foundation's 25th anniversary at the Walper Hotel.
The committee revealed a new graphic look and logo at the annual meeting. Additionally, the committee retracted advertising from newspapers within the region, saving a total of $4,000. The committee planned to continue to hold the Heritage Showcase, an event which constantly experienced a high degree of success.
The Communications Committee worked to complete the WRHF's website to include a listing of all heritage resources within the Region, a calender of events, an on-line version of the Tremaine Map, and other links along with information about the Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation and its grant programs, allowing the website to act as a heritage portal for the community and a virtual communications tool for heritage organizations
In 1998, the Development Committee was given the responsibilities of coordinating the annual Heritage Showcase, considering establishing individual and corporate memberships, suggesting recruitment strategy for new Board members and non-Board members to serve on committees, presenting to the foundation both short-term projects and a long range campaign for fund raising, developing a donor heritage recognition program, and preparing a preliminary budget to present to the agenda Committee for the development of activities of the Foundation.
In 1999, the Foundation embarked on a new photograph display initiative which showcases the many projects supported by the Foundation in the past. Ray Martin was responsible for the photographing of 20 buildings/sites throughout the Region, representing a broad range of funding purposes: structural repairs and/or restoration, architectural detailing, interior murals and friezes, heritage streetscapes and conservation districts
Heritage Advisory Committee
After its creation in 1998, it was given the responsibility to lend advice on heritage projects and concerns. “Specifically, it will advise the Board of key heritage issues to which the Foundation should be directing its attention; develop a plan for optimum use of the Foundation’s property, such as the Tremaine Map, the video and scanner; receive, seek out and consider nominations for the annual Awards of Excellence and recommendations for other heritage awards by the Foundation; lend advice on heritage issues to organizations and individuals within the Region (when required); and provide speakers to fulfill speaking engagements located by the Communications Committee”- Geoff Hayes, Chair Heritage Advisory Committee- Annual Report 1998.
The Heritage Advisory Committee is responsible for the selection and nomination of individuals and organizations who have shared with the Foundation a significant role in heritage conservation over the past 25 years
Sally Thorsen Award of Excellence- Recipients
2001-Susan Saunders Bellingham
2003-Dr. Ken McLaughin
Awards of Excellence
1998-Jan Gayman & Margaret Reid, Stephanie Marie Barber, Andrew W. Taylor, Gretchen McCulloh, and Eddie Koch.
1999- FWR Dickson, Gerald Noonan, and Mr. Willie Kelner.
2000- Bill and Marian Weber, Detweiller Meetinghouse Inc, Public Works Department of the City of Kitchener
2001- Betty Lou Cull, The Preston Lawn Bowling Club Restoration Committee, Katherine Jacob, Laurie Thatcher, Waterloo Historical Society
2002- Allison Jackson, Mariam Snyder Sokvitne, The Executive Committee of the Friends of the Governor's House and Gaol Millennium Garden Project
2003- Rosemary Ambrose, A.R. Kaufman Public School, Edward R. Good Funeral Home Ltd, Restoration Team of the Freeport Bridge, Diane Strickler, Sudan Struthers, Patricia Wagner.
Waterloo Regional Award for Heritage Research
"Each year the Heritage Foundation offers an annual award to full-time graduate students who are undertaking research in some aspect of Waterloo Region's heritage. Their work may be in archeology, architecture, fine arts, history, natural heritage, political science or any other discipline deemed to be relevant to heritage matters"
1999- Heather Fraser (UW) and Sharalyn Krahn (UW)
2000- Jennifer Johnson (York U)
2001- Heather Moran (WLU)
2002- Alexandra Jenkins (UW) and Shawn Mueller (WLU)
2003- Josh MacFadyen (UofG)
Jean Steckle Award for Heritage Education
"This award for excellence in heritage education is presented to an individual who has demonstrated leadership in heritage education through teaching, writing or by example, and who has encouraged and mentored others in the understanding and appreciation of the natural or cultural heritage of Waterloo Region. The award is being awarded for the first time in 2003"
2003 recipient- Kathryn Hansuld Lamb
Grants were allocated in the year 2004 to assist in the redevelopment of Scholar’s Green at Hazel Street and University Avenue in Waterloo-transforming the space into what is known today as Veterans' Green. Assistance was also given to the Waterloo Public Library in cataloguing the Ellis Little papers, books, and photographs to establish a special room at the WPL in his name. The Foundation sponsored a river tour in support of the 4th Canadian River Heritage Conference. In addition, an architecturally unique project was supported by the Foundation, a historical octagonal stone building on Spragues Road, North Dumfries Township
Publication grants were approved for needed revisions and reprinting of Hespeler: Portrait of an Ontario Town by Dr. Ken McLaughlin to include an architectural and social history of Hespeler, which will be produced as both a printed guide and a CD ROM. In addition, the Foundation approved directed donations for the publication of Proudly She Marched: Training World War II Women in Waterloo County
The Foundation supported the Central Presbyterian Church, Cambridge to help with an assessment and survey of its roof. Support was given to the Concordia Club to assist with a mural in the club for its 40th anniversary. In addition, the Registry Theatre received assistance to complete a lobby display showcasing historic images of the theatre. The Steckle Heritage Homestead received funding to replace the roof and eavestrough structure on the main house on the property. “As part of the application and granting process, it became clear that a new long-term maintenance plan was required for the Homestead as a whole. In 2007 the Heritage Foundation will help the homestead in the development of a five year maintenance and improvement plan, including retaining a restoration consultant”- Jill Armstrong, Chair, Allocations and Finance Committee
“...the quality of the projects remains high and new groups are approaching the Foundation for funding...”-Jill Armstrong, Chair, Allocations and Finance Committee
The Foundation supported the purchase of a portable floor loom and spinning wheels on behalf of the K-W Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild in order to implement heritage craft demonstrations at public events and schools. In addition, the Foundation supported the construction of a replacement ceiling in the Victorian Classroom within Suddaby School. A virtual project funded by the Foundation is the Grand River Conservation Authority’s “Heritage River Inventory Project”-an ongoing record of the watershed’s heritage landmarks. The foundation support allowed the inventory to be presented in a more accessible format by making it available on the GRCA website
The Foundation supported the digitization of the Tweedsmuir Books from the New Dundee area in response to a request made by the New Dundee Women’s Institute. In 2008, the Foundation also supported the ‘History on the Grand’ Symposium, which brought local heritage research and practice together. Two major building restoration projects were undertaken by the Foundation this year: funding was allocated to restore a cedar shingle roof on a heritage home, and the first stage of the restoration of the slate roof on the Central Presbyterian Church located in Cambridge was initiated.
In the year 2006, the Committee sorted and evaluated the display materials that have been gathered over the years to update photos and graphics. Doors Open 2008 was a great success, attracting a large number of participants to the event.
Heritage Advisory Committee
2006- Jim Quantrell
2004-Marg Rowell, Bob Rowell, University of Waterloo School of Architecture, Caitlin Jo Reusser, at Rosebrugh
2005- Betty Schneider, Ruth Gutpell, Bertha Thompson, Brent Davis, Fran McIntosh, Veterans Green Project Committee
2006- Maryanne Weiler, Ross Anderson, The Company of Neighbors, Joe and Stephanie Mancini, Frances Hoffman, the Homer Watson House and Gallery.
2007-Donna Madill, Lynn Osborne-Way, Peter DeGroot, Herbert C. Ratz, Gordon Ambrose.
2008- John Arndt, Ron Hackett, Nancy Maitland, Bradley Paddock, Marion Rose, Dr. Frances L. Stewart and Dr Gail Pool, Donna Wall
Waterloo Regional Award for Heritage Research
2004- Jason Kovacs (UW) and Danielle Matheusik (UofG)
2007-Anne Fitzpatrick and Bryan Lovasz
2008- Nathan Coschi (WLU) and Elysia DeLaurentis (UW)
Jean Steckle Award for Heritage Education
2004- Barbra Beale
2005- Marg Dickson and Helen Koepke
2006- Geoffrey Hayes
2008- Warren Stauch
Awards of Excellence
Sally Thorsen Award of Excellence
Significant funding was allocated to restore the Lamb's Inn, and the Central Presbyterian Church in Cambridge.
The Foundation supported the University of Waterloo Library for the translation and transcribing of a series of early German letters. The Foundation supported a publication from the Pennsylvania German Folklore Society of Ontario titled, “It Was All Worthwhile-The Life and Times of Roy and Clara Snyder.” The Cambridge Non-Profit Housing Corporation received funding for chimney and roof restoration. Funding was also provided to fix the structural damage within the former Berlin Fire Station No. 2-the last regional example of a 20th century Italianate fire station.
The Foundation supported the Pennsylvania German Folklore Society’s publication of “Lorna (Shantz) Bergey: Her Literacy Legacy” and “Westmount: The Tie that Binds the Twin Cities."
The Foundation also supported the Central Presbyterian Church with its restoration project, and
the Hespeler Hotel for the restoration of its front facade and balcony.
In February of 2009, members of the Communications Committee attended the Heritage Day Workshop in New Hamburg, promoting the Foundation through use of the display unit. In honour of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic games, the 2010 Heritage Showcase featured former Olympians from the Region- Twelve athletes were featured at the showcase. In 2011, the Communications Committee sought to establish a strong television, radio, print, and online media presence. The Heritage Showcase was continued in 2011 and was held on February 19th at the Cambridge Centre. It featured 35 heritage organizations.
Sally Thorsen Award of Excellence
2009- Joan Mitchell
2010- Robert Shipley
2011- Tracy Loch
Awards of Excellence
2009- Brian Dietrich, Faith Hielblinger, Ray Martin, Brant Smith
2010-Ron Cascaden and Wendy Wright Cascaden, Dr. Jody Decker, Jon Fear, Marilyn Sararus, Woolwich Township Council and Richard Sigurdson
2011- Michael Clifton, Mark Kok and John Dorey, Victor Heibert, Elinor and John Hueton, Sun Life Financial
Waterloo Region Award for Heritage Research
2009- Kellen Kurschinski (UW)
2010- Jack Lucas (UofT) and Eliot Worsford (UW)
Jean Steckle Award for Heritage Research
2009- Samuel Steiner
2010- Dave Neufeld
2011- Jim Westwood
The Homer Watson House and Gallery received funding to aid in a research project aimed at locating former alumni of the Doon School of Fine Arts, information which would become part of a published history of the School for its 50th anniversary celebration in 1998.
A grant was given to John S. Hagopian to aid in his research into and publication of the historical development of houses in the Dickson Hill area of Galt.
-Extra-Regional sources of funding and the possibility of public membership
-Relationship between the Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation and the Heritage Resources Department of the Region
-Relationship to outside groups, both local and outside of the region.
-The perceived lack of a unifying goal
-The inability of the foundation to spend all of its grant-funding budget in the same year period
Alfred J. Schenk (1995)- Nominated by the Friends of Doon Heritage Crossroads, in recognition of his contribution to heritage preservation and the quality of life of the Waterloo Region community. As a result of Mr. Schenk’s efforts, thousands of objects were collected in the 1960s and 1970s which reflected the history of the settlers to this area.
Gary Beach (1995)- Nominated for his contribution of photographic expertise in the documentation of the history of Wilmot Township during the last five years by taking approximately 1,000 photos per year. He has reproduced three video tapes for Heritage Day celebrations. Mr. Beach is a volunteer guide and photographer at Castle Kilbride. His photos will be housed at the Archives at the Township Office once it is operating.
Susan Hoffman (1995)- Nominated for her ongoing contribution to heritage as a volunteer with various boards, groups and projects,. She is a founding member of the Archives Association of Ontario, Grand River Chapter, a member of the Board of Directors of the Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation since 1988, and has served for a number of other heritage organizations making impactful contributions to the heritage community
Dr. Elizabeth Bloomfield (1995)- Nominated in recognition of her book “Waterloo Township Through Two Centuries” published in 1995. As a result of Dr. Bloomfield’s research for the book, research databases, papers and a videotape have been created and made available to the public. Dr. Bloomfield has authored fifty books, articles or reviews and over fifty research reports since 1980, many of these related to the Region of Waterloo.
Margaret Dickson, Mary Johnston, and Helen Koepke (1994)- Nominated for their creation of a unique heritage file of Waterloo Region and its neighbouring communities. The women have researched and organized day-long bus tours available to the public which have highlighted the Grand River and the tributaries of the Grand and cover topics including: agricultural practices, geology, economic development, archaeology, immigration patterns, citizen contributions, and religious history.
Dorothy Russell (1994)- Nominated for her lifelong efforts to photograph the world around her. Her extensive archival collection of photographs includes two hundred photographs that form the nucleus of the collection compiled by the Victoria Park 100th Birthday Historical Committee. In addiditon, Dorothy Russell is the longest serving active member of the K-W Field Naturalist Club, and contributed to the “Atlas Breeding Birds of Ontario.”
Jim and Mark Murray- Murray’s Clothing and Footwear, New Hamburg (1994)- For the restoration of their storefront located on Peel Street without government funding or any community obligation. Owners of heritage structures within the District now have an example of architectural renovation which restores the integrity of the streetscape and can serve as an inspiration for future renovations.
Ellis Little (1994)- A member of the Waterloo LACAC since 1992 and a member of the Silver Lake Roundtable for the City of Waterloo. Mr. Little has helped create a slide presentation of all the designated buildings in the City of Waterloo, and uses it for educational purposes. He actively promotes heritage by researching, and visiting schools and agencies to discuss heritage and its importance to our community.
The Foundation supported the creation of a monument at the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Transfiguration in Kitchener, celebrating the history and heritage of Ukrainians in the Region of Waterloo. The Foundation supported the Waterloo Historical Song Cycle Collaborative in their recording of the production "The River Rolls"