Heritage Award 2021

The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2021

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 will receive a $1000 honorarium, to be announced in December.  Previous recipients include Touchstones Nelson for their Cold War Bunker project, 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.

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