Press Release from Heritage Mississauga: The Credits, a Celebration of Cultural Heritage

As a volunteer in years past, I wrote many news releases (aka press releases). These days, I much enjoy reading news releases that deal with topics that interest me.

As a volunteer and event organizer, I was also involved with charity casino fundraising in Ontario (we made over $70K, a lot of money in those days) before the Ontario Trillium Foundation took over such operations.

It’s great that Trillium now runs the show. What was in place previously (20 or so years ago) had some unique challenges, as I and other volunteers learned from experience in helping out at charity casinos that used to be in place, in community halls across Ontario.

The text of the news release follows below:

Press Release (Nov. 1, 2017) from Heritage Mississauga


The Credits, a Celebration of Cultural Heritage

Mississauga, Ontario (November 1, 2016)

On October 12, 2017 in the presence of a sellout crowd, The Credits Heritage Mississauga Awards honoured members of the Mississauga community for their contributions and achievements with a celebration of our community heritage.

Heritage is many things to many people and the Credits truly celebrates our diverse people and events that contribute to our quality of life in Mississauga. We want to know you and recognize your heritage in order for us to understand and live harmoniously,” said Event Chair Luz Del Rosario

In its fifth year, the gala event presented an exciting evening with elegance from the Mississauga Grand Banquet and Convention Centre, delicious food and outstanding performances by Mississauga Artists River North, Rebecca Zseder the City’s Youth Poet Laureate and Kim Wheatley an Anishinaabe (Ojibway) Cultural Consultant.

In all there were 35 nominations received and 18 “Credits” presented during the evening. Each recipient received a one-of-a-kind piece of art, designed by the Living Art Centre’s Resident Glass Artist Kelly Lowe. The blown glass shimmers with swirling blues and gold representative of the Credit River.

Recognition was also given to Kaneff Group of Companies; Streetsville Kinsmen; Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Peel; Bradley Museum; Clarkson’s French Club; Golder Associates; Lakeview Library; Lorne Park Library; Maple Reinders; Mississauga Civitan Club; Streetsville Library; UTM Erindale; Willow Dental; Zonta Club of Mississauga; Bread & Honey Festival; Mississauga Sailing Club; Mississauga Symphony Orchestra; Mississauga Croatia Soccer Club; Peel Multicultural Council; Verve Inspired Living; Visual Arts Mississauga; Art Gallery of Mississauga & Mississauga Civic Centre as they each celebrated significant milestones in the community.

Heritage Mississauga’s re-enactment group Thompson’s Company were once again on hand to keep the distinguished crowd in order, this year dressed as First World War Soldiers and in honour of Canada’s 150th our first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald was also in attendance.
We are proud to present the 2017 winners of “The Credits”. Congratulations to the following members of our community:

Heritage Business Leader Award – FRAM Building Group
Natural Heritage Award – Pat Kelly
Heritage Youth Award – Travelling the Credit Program by Ecosource
Heritage Champion Award – Councillor Ron Starr
Community Heritage Group Award – Churchill Meadows Residents Association
Community Heritage Individual Award – Joe Zammit
Cultural Heritage Group Award – Mississauga Italfest
Cultural Heritage Individual Award – Asma Mahmood
Mississaugas of the New Credit Cultural & Heritage Award – Susan Robertson
Architectural Award – Sheridan College, Hazel McCallion Campus Mississauga
Modern Heritage Award – Small Arms Society
Volunteer Heritage Award – Dr. Humaira Bashir
Betty Ross Memorial Volunteer Award – Joyce Delves
Members’ Choice Award – Norm Loberg
President’s Heritage Award – Michelle DiEmanuelle
Chairman’s Heritage Award – Doug Fowles
Lifetime Achievement – Merle Zoerb
Heritage Legacy Award – The Buddha’s Light International Association – Young Adult Division (BLIA-YAD)
Special Recognition, Lifetime Member – Ellen Timms

Heritage Mississauga is grateful for the support of our sponsors and guests who ensured the tremendous success of the 2017 presentation of the Credits. Our thanks especially to the dedicated volunteer committee chaired by Luz Del Rosario, Director of Heritage Mississauga, Trustee, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and Payroll Manager, Verve Senior Living, past Chair of Carassauga and Citizen of the Year 2006. The evening concluded with the sound of the Aboriginal drum in a song by Kim Wheatley (Cultural Consultant), celebrating our city, our shared heritage and our pride in a community like no other – Mississauga.

Media Contact
Jayme Gaspar
Executive Director, Heritage Mississauga
905-828-8411 ext. “31”

Please see the attached pictures; additional pictures of the evening are available upon request

Source: Heritage Mississauga

Source: Heritage Mississauga. Click on image to enlarge it. Click again to enlarge it further.

With Thanks to our Sponsors

[Listed in original release; if I have time I will list them here as well]

Entertainment Sponsor

Awards Sponsors:

Event Sponsors:

Heritage Mississauga is a not-for-profit charity dedicated to researching, recording and communicating Mississauga’s heritage. As Mississauga’s heritage source for over 57 years we have worked tirelessly to ensure the heritage of our city is preserved for future generations. Funds raised at this event will support the Heritage Resource Centre that the organization operates at the Robinson-Adamson House, The Grange (charitable registration no:11924 5660 RR0001).

Heritage Mississauga acknowledges with thanks, financial assistance from:

City of Mississauga

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Community Foundation of Mississauga

Service Canada

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