Dennis Scott has been awarded a provincial heritage honour.
The Owen Sound native was chosen for recognition by the Ontario Heritage Trust Community Recognition Program for working to promote cultural heritage.
Scott, who was presented with the award on Monday at city council, is the longtime chair of the Emancipation Celebration Festival in his hometown.
He says his interest in cultural heritage, and in bringing cultures together, is natural given that he personally is of seven different cultures.
He says his goal has always been to encourage people to come together and learn from each other and share stories and experiences while they are able to do so.
The Emancipation Celebration Festival is the longest running event of its kind in North America and has evolved into a forum for the promotion of artists, musicians, authors and historians.
It has inspired the county to stage an annual black history exhibit and it's been responsible for the development of an educational network of black history speakers who make presentations at Ontario elementary schools each February, which is Black History Month.
Scott's community work has also extended to fundraising for the British Methodist Episcopal Church in Owen Sound and as executive director of Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce.
Scott cites a number of people who have made it possible for him to do what he does in terms of cultural and community work, but he specifically dedicated the award to the late Norma Strimas, who passed away last month.