BEST DEFENDER OF OUR HERITAGE
THE COMMUNITY HISTORY PROJECT 719 Yonge A number of individual citizens have played key roles in saving and restoring key heritage properties – Sheldon and Judy Godfrey (the Bank of Upper Canada) and Michael and Anne Tippin (the Flatiron Building as well as some of the oldest commercial buildings in the city). But very few have done as much as the Community History Project, this year’s winner of Heritage Toronto’s Community Heritage Award. Since 1983, CHP has been conducting walking tours and collecting historical material, and has been at the forefront of efforts to save older buildings in Yorkville, the Annex, Poplar Plains, Casa Loma and Wychwood Park, including the only known early Canadian tollhouse. CHP founder Jane Beecroft has herself spearheaded the study of some 250 lost historical sites as well as a project to provide books to native libraries throughout the province. She received the Ontario Medal of Good Citizenship in 2001 for her work.