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City of Mississauga and UTM student win Ontario Heritage Awards

Mississauga News

March 2, 2015

By Joseph Chin

The City of Mississauga and a University of Toronto Mississauga student have been honoured with Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards.

The awards were presented at a special ceremony at Queen’s Park on Friday.

It was designated a heritage property in 1989 and sat unused until 2012 when the City’s Heritage Advisory Committee approved the request to breathe new life into it as an event venue.

Originally constructed in 1938, the main building, Harding House, was named after Kathleen Harding (wife of Charles Powell Bell, the estate’s longest resident). With the renovations, the manor house can now accommodate up to 55 dinner guests while the outdoor property, which boasts a tented area, coach house and a large paved courtyard, can hold up to 200.

UTM student Muhammad Qureshi won a Youth Achievement award in the individual category for environmental activism. He has been involved with Ontario Nature since 2010 and is currently a member of the Ontario Nature Youth Council, whose mission is to build a provincial network of youth dedicated to connecting, inspiring, and educating communities while protecting wild species and wild spaces. Qureshi also founded an environmental club at UTM and organized a conference that brought together environmental leaders from 53 Canadian universities.

“The Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award encourages us to continue youth leadership in conserving Ontario’s wild species and wild spaces that inspire and enrich future generations,” Qureshi said.

The annual Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards recognize individuals and groups who have made outstanding contributions to conserving Ontario’s heritage.

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