Former Mayor Harry Barrett receives heritage conservation award

Tue, 25 Oct 2016

Oakville Mayor Rob Burton is offering his congratulations and thanks to six-term former Mayor Harry Barrett as he receives the National Trust for Canada’s 2016 Lieutenant Governor’s Award. The award recognizes individuals who have made a profound impact on heritage conservation in Canada.

Mayor Rob Burton presented the award alongside National Trust for Canada board representative Michael Seamen at Monday’s Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee meeting in Town Hall.

“Many of Oakville’s most treasured public assets are a direct result of former-Mayor Barrett’s leadership and vision over the years,” said Mayor Burton. “We have Harry to thank for preserving Oakville’s tremendous waterfront and harbours for the entire Oakville public to enjoy.”

As Chairman of the Oakville Planning board in the 1960s, Harry Barrett convinced Council to pass a by-law allowing the town to take ownership of waterfront lands when they were sold or developed. This served as the foundation of a town-wide policy which continues to this day, and culminated in the creation of the Harry Barrett Waterfront Parks System in 2012.

As Mayor from 1973 to 1985, he was instrumental in the purchase and preservation of Oakville’s harbour lands, as well as the Erchless Estate – now home to the Oakville Museum. In 1981 he also helped establish the Old Oakville Heritage Conservation District, only the third of its kind in Ontario at the time.

“Council continues to draw upon Mayor Barrett’s legacy of heritage conservation to this day,” said Mayor Burton. “Harry understood how important it was to help foster a sense of shared identity and civic pride in the community. I can think of no one more deserving of this award.”