John Edwards Conference Bursary

Are you a volunteer with a historic place or heritage organization? Do you give your time, energy and passion to bring heritage to life? We want you to be a part of the 2021 National Trust Virtual Conference and join in the dialogue at this national heritage learning and networking event.  The John Edwards Conference Bursary for Heritage Volunteers can help make that possible!

The John Edwards Conference Bursary was established to honour the legacy of longtime heritage advocate and volunteer John Edwards. The bursary provides much-needed financial support to help volunteers participate in the National Trust Virtual Conference 2021.

We would like to thank Helen Edwards for her generous gift in memory of John C. S. Edwards.

Please review the Terms and Guidelines before applying.

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We are delighted to celebrate heritage volunteers and recipients of the John Edwards Conference Bursary for Heritage Volunteers!


“The programs run by the National Trust for Canada are so valuable to groups like ours. We learn about the best practices that make a difference at all types of heritage places, plus we’re supported by a community of like-minded volunteers and professionals.”
– John P. Mason
“The volunteer work I’ve done at Craigdarroch Castle over the past decade has helped me learn a great deal and make lots of new friends. It led to my writing a book and returning to school for an MA in Public History. It’s also tons of fun!”
– Moira Dann

2021 Recipients

F. Leslie Thompson
Board Member, Past-Chair, Committee Member
Architectural Conservancy of Ontario & Heritage Toronto
Toronto, Ontario
Ted Yudelson
Heritage Abbotsford Society
Abbotsford, British Columbia
Claudia Barrett
Assistant Archivist
Bayfield Historical Society
Bayfield, Ontario
Jonathan Got
Managing Editor
Architectural Conservancy Ontario
Ottawa, Ontario
Danielle Graham
St. John’s Anglican Church
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Nancy Perozzo
Secretary, head researcher, website coordinator, archivist
Friends of Grain Elevators
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Nora Reid
President of Board of Directors
Central Station Education Initiative
Welland, Ontario
Bob Taylor-Vaisey
Chair, Parks, Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee
Municipality of Trent Lakes
Trent Lakes, Ontario
John Mason
Founding President
Friends of Guild Park
Toronto, Ontario
Moira Dann
President, Board of Directors
Craigdarroch Castle
Victoria, British Columbia
Christina Han
Vice President
Canadian Industrial Heritage Centre
Brantford, Ontario
Christopher Riou
Fort Erie Museum and Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee (MCHAC)
Fort Erie, Ontario


John C. S. Edwards

“I am determined to acknowledge volunteers, who in my opinion are the lifeblood of the heritage field.”

-Helen Edwards, heritage advocate and volunteer, and National Trust member and Heritage Patrons Circle Donor

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