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Happy Holidays

Sending you the warmest of the Season's Greetings all of the Willowbank Students and Staff!

Over $7,000 dollars raised for Bright Parlour Cornice Restoration

We have currently $7,320 of our overall goal of $20,000 on The National Trust for Canada’s initiative This Place Matters. If you are still looking for a gift for the person who has everything, consider a donation to our Bright Parlour plaster restoration at thisplacematters.ca.

Holiday Party

Staff and students hosted a Holiday Party before the students left for December break. Thank you to everyone who contributed food and items to the silent auction. We raised over $600 from our silent auction!
 

Willowbank Alumni covered in National Trust Blog

Walter Furlan (Class of 2015) was featured in a recent National Trust blog post entitled: "When the Fix Isn't Big and Small is Beautiful" about urban regeneration in Hamilton, Ontario.
 

Niagara-On-The-Lake Santa Claus Parade

The weather was great, spirits were high and the atmosphere was festive at the annual Santa Claus Parade. Students and staff came out to celebrate the kick off to the Holiday season and topped off the thirst-inducing day of parading with a few rounds at the pub. A great time was had by all!
 

Spotlight on Alumni

As part of our continuing feature on graduates this month we introduce you to: Nigel Molaro (Class of 2015). One of our newest graduates, Nigel is currently in Ottawa at Watson MacEwan Teramura Architects, where his primary focus is the preservation of two towers of Parliament's Centre Block. He is a liaison between various disciplines in the project that involves rehabilitating the iconic sandstone, and introducing steel reinforcement inside the 100-foot towers. While on the scaffold, he has been fortunate to see some of Willowbank's faculty associates at work. From a more cultural perspective, Nigel has also been on a team creating values-based design principles for the rehabilitation of the whole building, set to begin in 2018. For him, it's a return to Parliament Hill, where he once worked at the centre of Canada's political life. Nigel continues to be involved in Willowbank, serving on a committee of its board of directors, as well as in the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, where he is a member of its College of Fellows, and he continues to pursue he is special interests in mid-20th century architecture and places of worship.
St. Alfred's Church
Nigel stands in front of St. Alfred's Church, St.Catharines - part of his third year project on Mid-Century Modern Churches in Niagara.

Our Willowbank Hoodies and Toques are still available - the Santa Claus Paraders can attest to their coziness.

Hoodies: blue with white lettering, available in unisex sizing: S - XL. Available with embroidered lettering = $60; or with printed lettering = $40. Toques: blue with white lettering, one size = $15. email willowbank@willowbank to reserve your size and pick up in the New Year.
Santa Claus Parade
Students and staff warm and cozy in their Willowbank hoodies and toques at the Niagara-On-The-Lake Santa Claus Parade.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • January 6, 2015 - The Willowbank Centre Presents: Interactive Storytelling about Complex Spaces: A discussion with Practical Examples - Introduced and moderated by Evan Wexler. Evan is a visual journalist specializing in innovative and immersive forms of storytelling for PBS Frontline. The evenings presentation and discussion will focus on upcoming works on India and South Sudan.
  • Fan of Photography? Third-year student Theresa Felicetti is planning an upcoming photo exhibit entitled "Raw and Reimagined". The Exhibit will explore how we conceptualize place - as they are and as they could be. For more information about submissions or to be the first to know about the dates of the exhibit join our Facebook page or contact tfelicetti@students.willowbank.ca.
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Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Visits Willowbank

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On Wednesday, June 10, Willowbank welcomed Her Honour the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, OC, OOnt, 29th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, to Queenston.

Her Honour participated in a multi-faceted programme, engaging with a broad cross-section of students, graduates, faculty associates and board members.

In a roundtable discussion, the Lieutenant Governor was introduced to the student experience, cultural landscape and to Willowbank's reach in Ontario and the world.

In a tour of the estate house, workshops, lower campus and grounds, Her Honour spoke one-on-one with a range of students and graduates about their emerging careers.

The tour also gave orientation to the dynamic layers of the National Historic Site which Willowbank inhabits.

A selection of hands-on activities were in progress, including glazing, carpentry and drafting, demonstrating the balance of skills and theory in the Willowbank three-year diploma.

The programme proved an uplifting experience for the Willowbank community, full of meaningful exchanges with an accomplished Lieutenant Governor who has made vital contributions to initiatives that integrate environmental, economic, social, educational and cultural concerns.

The occasion to welcome the Lieutenant Governor, The Queen's representative in Ontario, is an important example of the dialogue made possible through the Royal Patronage of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales granted to Willowbank in 2014.

Willowbank Remembers Susan Buggey

Susan BuggeySusan Buggey had a long and committed interest in cultural landscapes. As former Director of Historical Services at Parks Canada, she played a key role in developing the concept of cultural landscapes within the Historic Sites program. Susan also participated in UNESCO’s international expert meetings to develop guidelines for the inclusion of cultural landscape on to the World Heritage List. World Heritage continued to hold strong interest for her and she remained active in this area until very recently. Over the course of her career, she published widely on cultural landscapes, but was perhaps most closely associated with her research and writing on the topic of Aboriginal cultural landscapes. Susan made a significant contribution to the development of the concept, along with the notion of associative values of cultural landscapes. She also taught historic landscape conservation and cultural landscapes at the Universities of Manitoba and Victoria. Following retirement from Parks Canada she was the Adjunct Professor in the School of Landscape Architecture at the Université de Montréal. Susan was also a founder of the Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation and a fellow of the Association for Preservation Technology. She was actively engaged for more than 35 years in national and international organizations related to heritage conservation including the ICOMOS/IFLA International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes and a working group of IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas. Susan was a great friend to Willowbank and it was through her generous gift to the school two years ago that we are able to encourage students interested in cultural landscapes by providing financial assistance through the Susan Buggey Cultural Landscape Fellowship. Although I only met her briefly, Susan's generosity and bright spirit influenced my path into the heritage field, and I am so grateful for that. Her contribution to Willowbank's fellowship grants encouraged me to go deeper into understanding cultural landscape theory, and her work has been a clear guide to Canada's unique cultural landscape perspective. Upon meeting her, I felt her genuine interest in emerging work and was instantly inspired by her kindness and humble curiosity. - Angela Garvey - Susan Buggey Fellow 2013