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Two legends at the Mississauga News retire
Distinguished careers for John Stewart and Fred Loek

January 6th 2014

John Stewart and Fred Loek of the Mississauga News head into retirement:

After covering Mississauga extensively for more than 40 years, chief photographer Fred Loek and news editor John Stewart are ready to enjoy retirement. They, and their collective eight decades of knowledge, experience and expertise, are retiring.

Mississauga News:

Heritage Mississauga, on behalf of its members, offers our thanks to the passion, dedication and service that both have provided to the City of Mississauga over their many years of excellent work - literally as our city’s "eyes" and "ears" in the news!

Best wishes to both John and Fred in retirement, and thank you. Your fine work and inisght will be missed, and your work has left a remarkable documetary and news legacy of our city for future historians!

November 28th fire ravages part of historic Cooksville
Several old buildings in Cooksville damaged

November 29th 2013

In the early morning hours of November 28th, fire broke out in the Fatima Grocer’s building at 28 Dundas Street East in old Cooksville, now part of the City of Mississauga, just east of Hurontario Street. The fire also appears to have damaged older building on either side, including the 1869 former Schiller Hotel building (also formerly Irwin’s Hardware), which itself had suffered a major fire in February of 2004.

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MSHS Celebrates 50 Years!
Mississauga South Historical Society Anniversary

November 12th 2013

The Mississauga South Historical Society, founded in 1963, celebrates its 50th Anniversary in style on Thursday, November 14th, 7pm, at Clarke Memorial Hall in Port Credit (161 Lakeshore Road West). The celebration includes guest speaker Alan Skeoch, a tribute to the founders and past presidents of MSHS, and much, much more! Free! Join MSHS for a fun evening and cake!

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PAMA Recieves Awards
Excellence in Innovation and Exhibitions!

November 11th 2013


Heritage Mississauga congratulates our community partners and colleagues at the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) for these well-derserved awards!

(From Press Release)
On Nov. 7, the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) was recognized by the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) for outstanding contributions to the Ontario museum community. PAMA received the Award of Excellence for Innovation and an Honourable Mention for Excellence in Exhibitions at the 2013 Awards of Excellence ceremony in Markham, Ontario.

“We are honoured to be recognized for PAMA’s commitment to creating valuable and innovative displays and exhibitions,” said Marty Brent, Acting Manager, PAMA. “We have aspired to create a space where visitors can learn about our community’s rich culture and heritage.”

PAMA received the Award of Excellence for Innovation for the Interactive Map of Peel, a 55” multi-touch screen built into a table that provides an interactive source of heritage and cultural history for Peel residents. This engaging technology bridges the gap between the Region’s past and present, and provides an interactive source of heritage and cultural history for all residents.
An Honourable Mention for the Excellence in Exhibitions category was presented to PAMA for We Are Here, the Story of Aboriginal People in Peel Region. This permanent exhibition gives voice to the Aboriginal community in Peel and beyond. Through innovative presentation and authentic voice, this exhibition provides visitors with an understanding of the Aboriginal experience over the past two centuries.

The Interactive Map of Peel was funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture and Sport and was created in partnership with Albion Bolton Historical Society, Brampton Heritage Board, Brampton Historical Society, Caledon Heritage Committee, Heritage Mississauga, Historic Bovaird House, Mississauga Library System, Museums of Mississauga, Streetsville Historical Society, and Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. PAMA acknowledges the Peel Aboriginal Network, Mississauga of the New Credit First Nation, Métis Nation of Ontario, Credit River Métis Council, and distinguished advisors from the community in the development of We Are Here, the Story of Aboriginal People in Peel Region.

The Ontario Museum Association’s awards are designed to recognize outstanding contributions to the Ontario museum community with an emphasis on innovation, to advance the museum profession in Ontario and to encourage high standards of excellence in the museum field.

PAMA is a place to explore and learn about Peel Region’s culture and heritage, as well as use conversation, questions and stories to help make new and fascinating connections to the surrounding community. Throughout the year, PAMA offers a variety of workshops and programs for all ages, families and adults. With so many different programs to choose from, PAMA has something for everyone. Operated by the Region of Peel, PAMA is located at 9 Wellington St. E. in Brampton. Visit to learn more.

Passing of a Heritage Champion
In memory of Marian M. Gibson (1937-2013)

November 11th 2013

Marian Gibson (on left) with Mayor Hazel McCallion, 2006


Heritage Mississauga was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Marian M. Gibson, a past president of our organization. Born in 1937 in Wales and a resident of Port Credit, Marian passed away on November 8th, 2013.

To those who knew her and shared her love of history, Marian was many things: a former teacher, for whom a passion for learning and sharing knowledge was evident to all who knew her; a free-lance writer keenly interested in local history; and a passionate volunteer extraordinaire. She was a valuable contributor to, and champion of, history and heritage in Mississauga.

Marian was an active volunteer with Heritage Mississauga since 1986, and with the Mississauga South Historical Society (she served on the MSHS executive as Newsletter Editor from 1988 to 2008). Marian was a frequent contributor (and proof-reader) to Heritage Mississauga quarterly publication, the Heritage News.

Marian contributed to her husband Eric’s book, Mississauga Moments, sponsored by MSHS. Marian contributed the chapter on the history of Port Credit to Heritage Mississauga landmark publication, Mississauga: The First 10,000 Years. Marian also wrote and edited Heritage Mississauga’s book In the Footsteps of the Mississaugas. Along with her husband, Marian gave many talks on local history and other topics to numerous groups in Mississauga and beyond.

Marian joined the Board of Directors of Heritage Mississauga in 1989, serving as President from 1992-1994 and 2002-2007. Marian worked with the Maanjidowin Committee to bring an aboriginal celebration to Saddington Park in Port Credit in 2005, and was a member of the Mississauga Arts and Heritage Plan Steering Committee and the inaugural Doors Open Mississauga Committee, amongst many, many other activities.
Visitations will take place at Skinner and Middlebrook (128 Lakeshore Road East, Port Credit) on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. The funeral service takes place at the Skinner and Middlebrook Chapel on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013, at 11 am.

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