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For Immediate Release


June 6, 2009

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts




VICTORIA – Don Luxton, well-known heritage consultant, advocate and author, has received the 2009 British Columbia Heritage Award, Tourism, Culture and the Arts Minister Bill Bennett announced today.


            “It is a great pleasure to acknowledge the work of Don Luxton with the 2009 British Columbia Heritage Award,” said Bennett. “Don has devoted over 25 years to heritage conservation in B.C. and continues to demonstrate exceptional commitment and leadership in the cultural and historical interests of our province.”


The British Columbia Heritage Award is given annually by the Province to recognize an individual whose long-term leadership and contributions to the conservation and presentation of British Columbia's heritage have been exemplary. The award was presented at the Heritage BC Conference and Awards in Kelowna on June 5. As part of the award, a $10,000 grant is provided to a heritage-related non-profit organization selected by the award recipient. This year’s grant will go to Heritage Vancouver.


Don Luxton was born and raised in Vancouver and has demonstrated a passionate interest in local history and heritage with his involvement in the field of heritage resource management.  Luxton has worked on numerous projects throughout western Canada, including municipal planning projects, heritage inventories and evaluations, and the restoration of residential, commercial, and institutional buildings. He is active in the field of public education through the teaching of heritage conservation courses for both general interest and university credit, and is currently a sessional lecturer in the BCIT Architectural Science degree program. 


Luxton’s interest in the preservation of architecture has led to his continuing involvement with a number of heritage societies, including his roles as a founding director and current president of Heritage Vancouver, director of the Arthur Erickson Conservancy, founding director of the Victoria Heritage Foundation and former Director of the Vancouver Heritage Foundation. Luxton is also the founding president of the Canadian Art Deco Society. In 2006, he received an honorary membership in the B.C. Society of Landscape Architects, and in 2007 was elected to the College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Luxton is also a published author in architectural history. His most recent book, Vancouver General Hospital: 100 Years of Care and Service, was released in February 2006 and has received a Heritage Award of Merit from the City of Vancouver.





David Greer

Communications Manager

250 387-2799


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