A former Saugeen Shores councillor has been named the 2018 Heritage Conservation Award winner.
Duncan McCallum was recognized for his work in the community promoting and celebrating cultural heritage.
McCallum received his award from the Municipal Heritage Committee during the Saugeen Shores Committee of the Whole meeting, Monday, December 10th.
He says he's honoured to accept an award that has been bestowed upon others in the past for their work in making the town a better town.
McCallum says he believes heritage of all kinds, is a primary mover in the municipality.
However, having said that, he warns people not to become "slaves to the past" at the expense of the future.
He says both the past and the future can live side-by-side.
McCallum referred to the proposed Nuclear Innovation Institute and it's once-preferred site beside the Bruce County Museum on Victoria Street in Southampton.
He calls the original proposal, "a perfect marriage" of the past and the future.
Although Bruce Power has moved on from the museum site for the Institute, McCallum is hopeful that it will stay in Saugeen Shores and he would love to see it return to the plot of land beside the museum and cultural centre.
In being presented the Heritage Conservation Award, McCallum was cited for his tireless work on myriad committees within the community besides the obvious Heritage Committee.
He has served on the parks and trails committee; the cemetery board and most recently was a leader in planning and hosting the 150th Southampton Anniversary celebration.
McCallum is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Bruce County Playhouise as they develop theatre and other artistic opportunities in Saugeen Shores.