Heritage enthusiasts sought for Toronto Preservation Board and Community Preservation Panels

A group of Toronto residents want to preserve the McLaughlin Planetarium. Photo credit:  Captmondo via Wikipedia Commons.
A group of Toronto residents want to preserve the McLaughlin Planetarium. Photo credit: Captmondo via Wikipedia Commons.

City of Toronto News Release

Toronto’s Heritage Preservation Services is recruiting volunteers to participate on the Toronto Preservation Board and four Community Preservation Panels. With resident participation, the board and the panels help City Council make informed decisions about the conservation of Toronto’s heritage buildings and sites.

Serving on the board or one of the panels is a great opportunity to help shape Toronto’s future by preserving its past. Members have the opportunity to work with other people who value Toronto’s history, and to provide input into heritage issues that will affect Toronto now and for decades to come.

With support from City of Toronto staff, members are tasked with providing advice on a range of issues in their communities and throughout the city.

The board consists of 14 members, including three councillors, and meets a minimum of 10 times a year. The preservation panels – one in each of four districts – consist of up to 15 members plus a maximum of two councillors, and meet a minimum of six times a year.

The length of the commitment/term is four years, coinciding with the City Council term. The upcoming term is from January 2015 to November 2018.

The following eligibility requirements must be met to apply:

Toronto Preservation Board
18 years of age or older
Toronto resident
Possess special interest or knowledge that will assist the board in fulfilling its responsibilities, such as expertise in architecture, archeology, planning, landscape architecture, local history, natural heritage, land development and/or law.

Community Preservation Panels
18 years of age or older
Toronto resident
Possess skills or have an interest in heritage research, architecture, planning and/or engineering.

More information, including submission guidelines, and the application form are available at http://www.toronto.ca/heritage-preservation, or you can contact Heritage Preservation Services at 416-338-1076 or bholt@toronto.ca.

The deadline to apply is Friday, October 31 at 4 p.m.

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