Heritage Award 2020

The deadline for submissions is October 30th. 

The City of Nelson is now accepting applications and nominations for its annual Heritage Award which honours individuals, businesses or organizations who have made an outstanding contribution towards the preservation and/or promotion of Nelson's heritage. The winner, who will receive a $1000 honorarium, will be announced in December.  Previous recipients include builder and restoration specialist Joern Wingender, author Peter Bartl, historian Greg Scott, retailer Cartolina, and the Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce. 

“We’re fortunate to be surrounded by such phenomenal heritage resources in Nelson,” says Astrid Heyerdahl, Chair of the Heritage Working Group. "Heritage extends beyond the stunning Victorian and Art Deco buildings and valuable industrial sites throughout our city. Heritage also refers to Indigenous sites, cultural traditions, storytelling, plants and trees, creeks and fish, craft-making, and knowledge passed from generation to generation —these are all vital examples of our heritage that make up the diversity and beauty of our area.  We’re thankful for those before us who’ve insisted on saving valuable sites and stories, the people who carry on this important work, and to the City of Nelson for recognizing the individuals and organizations who make it their life’s work to bring our diverse heritage and history to life.” 

The City’s Heritage Working Group established this award to recognize and publicly appreciate individuals, groups, businesses, or other organizations who have demonstrated leadership in heritage restoration, renewal, or promotion, and to acknowledge the contribution heritage makes to the City of Nelson’s vitality, well-being, and identity.

Deadline for submissions is October 30th. Please contact Joy Barrett, the City of Nelson’s Cultural Development Officer at cultural@nelson.ca for an application/nomination form.

Joy Barrett
Cultural Development Officer, City of Nelson

Tel: 250-354-9169



Astrid Heyerdahl, M.A., M.Ed.

Chair, Heritage Working Group

Executive Director, Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History 


Tel: 250-352-8200

2018 Heritage Award Recipient, Peter Bartl

2018 Heritage Award Recipient

Photo Credit: Bill Metcalfe, Nelson Star