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Thrift store, Terra Nova walking tours highlighted by Richmond heritage awards

Two heritage awards were announced on Monday for Richmond organizations.
Richmond Hospital Healthcare Auxiliary Photo
Ursula Van Duin with the Richmond Hospital/Healthcare Auxiliary shows the Heritage Award received by the auxiliary. Here she is outside the thrift shop located in the protected heritage building on Chatham Street. City of Richmond photo

Richmond council recognized two local organizations for their commitment to heritage preservation – the Richmond Museum Society and the Richmond Hospital/Heathcare Auxiliary.

The latter group, volunteer-led, has worked to conserve the heritage building where its thrift store is located, the former Steveston Methodist Church on Chatham Street.

The Richmond Museum Society was recognized for its recently launched historical walking tours in Terra Nova and Brighouse, a COVID-19 outreach initiative.

“These annual awards recognize Richmond individuals and organizations for their dedication to the conservation of historic places and for promoting an awareness of Richmond diverse history,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

He announced the heritage awards at Monday’s council meeting.

The museum society was recognized for its contribution to public history and heritage education, while the hospital auxiliary was recognized for its “significant contribution to the conservation of historic places,” according to a release from the City of Richmond.

The heritage awards are sponsored by the Richmond Heritage Commission, which reviews the nominations.