Viceregal Patronage of the Governor General of Canada
OTTAWA, ON, October 25, 2023 — The National Trust for Canada is proud to announce that Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, has granted viceregal patronage to the National Trust for Canada. This continues the long tradition of viceregal patronage since the organization’s founding 50 years ago in 1973.
The National Trust for Canada is the leading national charity dedicated to the conservation of Canada’s historic places and the promotion of their value. For 50 years, the organization has powered a movement dedicated to preserving and revitalizing heritage buildings, landscapes, and communities for the benefit of people and the planet.
Executive Director Natalie Bull notes that Her Excellency’s priorities – reconciliation, inclusion, culture, and youth – align perfectly with the values and objectives of the National Trust for Canada. “We are truly honored to welcome Governor General Simon as the Patron of the National Trust for Canada,” says Bull. “Her Excellency’s support bolsters our mission to protect and celebrate places that matter to communities across Canada and create a greater sense of belonging in the heritage movement for many more people.”
Ingrid Cazakoff, Chair of the National Trust, acknowledged this significant honour: “The patronage of Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon is deeply significant and inspirational for the Trust in our work to raise awareness about the value of heritage places, and strive for a Canada where historic places reflect and strengthen the diversity of Canada.”
The announcement of this viceregal patronage comes on the eve of the National Trust’s 50th Annual Conference, taking place in Ottawa from October 26-28, 2023. The conference brings together heritage enthusiasts, professionals, and advocates from across the country to exchange knowledge and ideas about heritage conservation.
About the National Trust for Canada
Created in 1973, the National Trust for Canada is a leading national charity dedicated to the conservation of Canada’s historic places. The Trust believes that heritage places and older buildings are integral to solving community challenges and meeting contemporary needs, including climate resilience, diversity and inclusion, identity and sense of place, community wellbeing and more.
History and heritage can be complex and contentious, dominated by settler perspectives, and the Trust is actively working to change the system. Learn more at www.nationaltrustcanada.ca.