Gravenhurst Couple Receives Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award For Lifetime Achievement

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Cyril and Marion Fry with Elizabeth Dowdeswell, lieutenant governor of Ontario, and Harvey Andrew McCue, chair of the Ontario Heritage Trust, at the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards on Feb. 22. Photo courtesy of the Town of Gravenhurst

Cyril and Marion Fry of Gravenhurst received the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement at Queen’s Park on the evening of Feb. 22.

The Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards, which are given by the Ontario Heritage Trust, are awards that honour contributions to heritage conservation, environmental sustainability and biodiversity, and cultural and natural heritage. During this year’s ceremony, 120 individuals received awards as part of the Trust’s annual celebrations marking Heritage Week. Awards are presented each year at a ceremony at Queen’s Park in Toronto in the categories of Youth Achievement, Lifetime Achievement, Community Leadership and Excellence in Conservation.

“The efforts of these recipients have conserved vital pieces of our heritage from which we may learn and mature,” said Elizabeth Dowdeswell, lieutenant governor of Ontario. “I thank them for their championing of our past, and their work to shape our future.”

The criteria for the Lifetime Achievement award states that the recipients must be Ontario residents that have made “an exceptional volunteer contribution” to heritage conservation for 25 years or more. It also states that they have demonstrated leadership, commitment, creativity, a positive impact on the community and good conservation practices. The candidates for the award are nominated by local or regional municipalities, First Nations band councils, Métis community councils, conservation authorities, heritage organizations and Ontario Heritage Trust staff.

“Heritage is an important aspect of community life and helps define how we see ourselves as a province,” said Michael Tibollo, minister of tourism, culture and sport. “The work of these individuals, communities and groups has made a positive impact on Ontario’s natural and cultural legacies, and it’s important to recognize their significant contributions. Congratulations to the 2018 recipients of the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards.”

Under the direction of Marion and Cyril Fry, the Gravenhurst Archives started collecting, preserving and sharing the history of the town in January 1978. The Frys were also considered instrumental in the preservation and operation of the Segwun Steamship Museum. They have been advocates for preserving and promoting history in Muskoka for over 60 years.

The couple’s son Alastair, daughter Jill and their respective spouses joined Gravenhurst Mayor Paul Kelly, District Councillor Sandy Cairns and members of the Gravenhurst Municipal Heritage Committee at the ceremony. The Frys were given their award by Lieutenant Governor Dowdeswell and Harvey Andrew McCue, Chair of the Ontario Heritage Trust.

District Councillor Sandy Cairns, Cyril Fry, Gravenhurst Mayor Paul Kelly and Marion Fry at the reception of the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards on Feb. 22. Photo courtesy of the Town of Gravenhurst

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