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October 10, 2018

2019 Annual Preservation Awards

Presented by Heritage Winnipeg

Please note: The PDF form can be filled in directly but needs to be downloaded and saved to the computer first.

2019 Heritage Winnipeg Annual Preservation Awards

Since 1985, Heritage Winnipeg has sponsored an annual awards program that seeks to recognize those people dedicated to the protection, restoration and conservation of Winnipeg's built heritage. Awards are also given to owners of heritage structures who seek to sensitively restore their buildings so that they become a productive element of the economical, cultural and social fabric of the community.

Awards are presented in three basic categories:

  1. Distinguished Service Award

    This award recognizes the special contribution of individuals or organizations that have demonstrated a concerted effort and leadership in protecting, conserving, promoting or communicating the historic and/or architectural values of Winnipeg's built heritage.

  2. Heritage Conservation Award

    This award recognizes the special efforts and excellence in specific projects to protect, conserve and reuse structures of high historic or architectural value. Heritage Conservation Awards may be given specifically for commercial, institutional or residential projects that involve the sensitive and adaptive re-use of these structures and provide for their long-term protection.

    Heritage Conservation Awards may be given to the owners of commercial, institutional or residential structures with historical and/or architectural value and who provide long-term protection and conservation of key architectural elements for these structure and their sensitive adaptive use. Special recognition may also be given to consultants and contractors of the project selected for an award.

    In the case of a successful residential project, a special award will be given in the honour of C.W. Chivers, a well-known Winnipeg architect who designed buildings such as All Saint's Church, Balmoral Hall and the Assiniboine Park Pavilion.

  3. Youth Category

    This award recognizes the special contribution of non-professionals under the age of 30.

    Nominations may be made in more than one category. If possible, please enclose photographs or email digitized photos.

Questions relative to the requirements for a nomination may be directed to Ms. Cindy Tugwell, Heritage Winnipeg Executive Director, by phone (942-2663), fax (942-2094) or e-mail (

The deadline for nominations is January 11, 2019.

Completed nominations can be sent to:
Heritage Winnipeg Corporation
#509 - 63 Albert Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3B 1G4


Winners will receive a framed certificate recognizing their effort at a ceremony to be held on National Heritage Day - the third Monday in February.

October 3, 2018

Regenerating Places of Faith: A Workshop for Winnipeg Communities

Places of faith anchor and shape our communities. Yet many congregations are facing declining attendance and insufficient funding to maintain and operate their historic buildings. These important community assets are in a period of transition across the country, and the Winnipeg area is no exception.

What is their future? How can they continue to contribute in a positive way to their communities?

Whether it is to keep their doors open through collaborations to generate new revenue streams, making strategic real estate decisions, or meeting community needs under a new ownership structure, the future of these places depends on urgent collaboration among faith group leaders, community organizations, elected officials, the heritage and business communities, universities and more.

Join us at this unique event where local faith groups, heritage and community organizations will share their experience, concerns and creative solutions to the challenges confronting places of faith in Winnipeg in an interactive and engaging format.

Saturday, November 3, 2018 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Crescent Fort Rouge United Church, 
525 Wardlaw Avenue, Winnipeg

Optional Building Audit Session
Friday, November 2, 1:00 – 3:30 PM

Afternoon breakout sessions topics include Governing for Change Management and Flexibility, Community Engagement Strategies, Space Sharing Models, and Sustainable Facility Management.

Building Audit Session: Want to spend more time learning about how to make your place of faith more sustainable and energy efficient? Join us on the afternoon of Friday November 2nd for this in-depth session! (optional session included with Saturday registration).


Cost: $20.00 Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Online registration will remain open until Wednesday, October 31, 2018

For more information: or toll free 1-866-964-1066.

August 15, 2018

Historic places need YOUR help!

A parliamentary petition calling for funding for historic places in Budget 2019 is getting traction. Over 1,000 signatures have been secured, but we can reach 10,000 with the help of people like you!

Sponsored by Liberal MP John Aldag, the petition calls on the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to ensure substantial funding for historic places in Federal Budget 2019.

How you can help:

1. Sign the e-petition if you haven’t already
2. Share the e-petition with your contacts – can you get three friends or colleagues to sign it too?
  • Retweet our pinned tweet
  • Share our pinned Facebook post
  • Circulate the link to the e-petition:
3. Collect signatures on the paper version of the petition

By adding your signature, you send a message that federal investment is needed to support the efforts of Canadians including Indigenous Peoples, charities and not for profits to save and renew historic places, and to encourage private sector investment and heritage philanthropy.

The goal of the Year of Action to #changethegame4heritage is to secure thousands of signatures, help you meet with your Member of Parliament this summer, and host a Day of Action on Parliament Hill in the fall – just in time for MPs and cabinet ministers to include a substantial fund for historic places in their priorities for Budget 2019. Stay tuned for updates and instructions throughout the summer.

August 10, 2018

Shard from Winnipeg Opera House for Sale!

Own a piece of Winnipeg’s history! Heritage Winnipeg is selling a shard from the Winnipeg Opera House (later the Winnipeg Theatre), which was built in 1896. The shard was discovered during the excavation of the site in 2017 to build a new Hydro station. It would make a charming bench and add some history to your garden!
Visit our ad on Kijiji for details:

The Winnipeg Opera House in 1900 from Archives of Manitoba.

Shard 1 is about feet long by 2.5 feet wide and weighs about 250-300 pounds.

The location of shard 1 in the theatre, picture from Archives of Manitoba.

June 29, 2018

2018 Heritage Winnipeg Annual General Meeting

Heritage Winnipeg would like to thank everyone who attended the 2018 Annual General Meeting. Special thanks goes out to keynote speaker City of Winnipeg Councillor Jenny Gerbasi and WOW Hospitality Concepts for the wonderful venue and catering

Download the 2017-2018 Heritage Winnipeg Annual Report

Heritage Winnipeg President Lisa Gardewine - Keynote Speaker Councillor Jenny Gerbasi - Heritage Winnipeg Executive Director Cindy Tugwell

 Heritage Winnipeg thanked the keynote speaker with a beautiful custom print of the 1886 and 1963 Winnipeg City Hall by local artist Robert Sweeney

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