Greater Victoria heritage preservationists mark anniversary with awards gala

Anniversary of non-profit organization kicks off a year of celebrating our built heritage

For 40 years, the Hallmark Heritage Society has kept its finger on the heritage pulse of Greater Victoria.

The non-profit preservation organization, which marked its official birthday on April 18, has a year of celebrations in store, including its annual gala awards event May 7 at St. Ann’s Academy.

The event, which began as a simple ceremony at a private residence, is now a significant recognition of people who have gone above and beyond to preserve, conserve and promote built heritage in the region. The evening begins with the presentation of municipal designation plaques to property owners in the Capital Regional District and will be followed with the awarding of certificates in several specific categories.

The free gala is open to the public and gets underway at 7:30 p.m. at St. Ann’s. It will be followed by a reception in the St. Ann’s Academy Interpretive Centre. To reserve seats, email or call 250-382-4755.

The society will present public displays and neighbourhood events this summer, as a way of bringing the message of heritage preservation to the public. Members will be on hand this Friday (May 3) during the South Vancouver Island Regional Heritage Fair at the Royal B.C. Museum. Local students will have their heritage-related displays up for viewing from 9:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Clifford Carl Hall adjacent to the main lobby.

For more information on the society, visit or call the office at 240-382-4755.