George and Judith Henderson have been recognized for more than 25 years of volunteer work preserving the heritage of the Macdonell-Williamson House in Pointe Fortune.

The Ontario Heritage Trust (OHT) is an agency of the Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. The Trust identifies, protects, promotes and conserves Ontario’s heritage. The Trust conserves provincially significant cultural and natural heritage, interprets Ontario’s history, educates Ontarians of its importance in our society, and celebrates the province’s diversity. The Trust envisions an Ontario where the places, landscapes, traditions and stories that embody our heritage are reflected, valued and conserved for future generations.

The Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards celebrate individuals, groups and communities for their exceptional contributions to heritage conservation – cultural and natural, tangible and intangible. These awards are presented annually at a ceremony at Queen’s Park in Toronto, and are given for:
Youth Achievement, Lifetime Achievement, Community Leadership, Excellence in Conservation and the Thomas Symons Award for Commitment to Conservation.

Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement
This award is presented to those individuals who have made an exceptional volunteer contribution (i.e., have not received payment) to heritage conversation over a period of 25 years or more. They have demonstrated: leadership, commitment, creativity, a positive impact on the community, region and province, and have good conservation practices.

Credit: Ian Crysler
Left to right: The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
George and Judith Henderson, Mr. Harvey McCue, Chair of the Trust

George Henderson (Co-President and Building Property Manager) and Judith Henderson (Treasurer) have been dedicated volunteers for over 25 years to the stewardship and conservation of the Macdonell-Williamson House, a National Historic Site in Chute-à-Blondeau. The Hendersons have undertaken and delivered many conservation projects at the House including the re-creation of the period kitchen, the restoration of the vintage mouldings in the parlour, repainting the parlour, the creation of a tearoom and the re-enforcement of the main floor, to name a few projects. These conservation initiatives along with those from OHT and the support of many volunteers over the years have developed the House into a successful cultural, historic and bilingual tourist centre.

Visit the Friends of Macdonell-Williamson House website: www.mwhouse.ca