It was a night to shine the spotlight on significant contributions to Island heritage, as the P.E.I. Museum and Heritage Foundation handed out its annual awards Tuesday.
The ceremony, held at Eptek Art and Culture Centre in Summerside, kicks off Heritage Week on Prince Edward Island.
Among the night’s winners were Wayne and Janice Trowsdale, who received the Volunteer of the Year Award for their work with the Bideford Parsonage Museum in Ellerslie.
Wayne said he was surprised to even be nominated for an award, but noted it was a welcome honour. He and Janice led a campaign to save the home, which is now the museum, from being moved out of the community, and, along with many other volunteers, have given a lot of time to its upkeep.
“It’s a labour of love for us. We’ve put a lot of hours into it … It’s kind of our baby, I guess,” said Wayne.
“We’re very honourd to be recognized. We’d continue to do it if we weren’t recognized, but it’s certainly nice. We appreciate that very much.”
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Earle Lockerby of Sanford, Ont., and Doug Sobey of Bedeque were recognized for their collaboration on the book, “Samuel Holland, His Work and Legacy on Prince Edward Island,” which was named the foundation’s publication of the year.
The Port Hill Women's Institute in Tyne Valley was awarded the Mary Cornfoot Brehaut Award, which recognizes an outstanding example of merging community history with genealogy.
Other Prince County winners were Peggy Hammill and Marlene Campbell, both from the Bedeque area, who received a heritage award for their book, “More Than I Expected: The Story of Peggy McIver Hammill”, and the Knutsford Women's Institute for work in creating community history panels to enhance its programming.
Handing out the awards was P.E.I.’s Lt.-Gov. Frank Lewis.
Also, during the evening, Culture Minister Doug Currie presented plaques designating five buildings as heritage properties in the province.