Three people connected with Placentia received Heritage Awards at the Annual Tea Party held on the grounds of the O’Reilly House Museum. The awards are given to people or organizations that have promoted or helped maintain the history of the Placentia Area.
Receiving awards this year were: Edward Lake because of his interest in history, especially Argentia, collection of artefacts and his writing on the subject. William Barron was awarded because of his support of the upkeep and restoraction of historic Mount Carmel Cemetery in Placentia. Lee Everts received an award because of her interest in history support of PAHS and publication of a book on the history of Placentia Area..
The tea party at which these awards were presented was held on August 13 and included entertainment by Sadie Ennis, Dermott O’Keefe and Bill Carroll, refreshments and period costumes. After a brief welcome and introduction by President Tom O’Keefe, the function was declared officially open by Mayor Wayne Power who complimented the Society for its efforts. MHA and Minister Sherry Gambin-Walsh also extend her congratulations and later cut a cake for the event. A message of congratulations was also read from MP Ken McDonald. The event lasted for about two hours.