Philip MacKenzie and Bill Paris honoured with Cultural Heritage Award

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The Town of New Glasgow honoured two men during their Monday council meeting with the Town of New Glasgow Cultural Heritage Award.
Duane Jackson accepted the award on behalf of his late uncle William “Bill” Leslie Paris. Philip MacKenzie also received the award.


“The award is presented on a regular basis and given to a resident of New Glasgow who demonstrates outstanding contributions towards preserving and celebrating the history of the Town of New Glasgow,” Mayor Barrie MacMillan said.

Both Paris and MacKenzie are outstanding candidates, he said.

Paris grew up in New Glasgow but worked in Montreal for many years as pharmaceutical researcher.

When he returned back to Pictou County, he began what would amount to tremendous contributions to his community.

“Bill may have been small in stature, but he excelled in many skills and he was gifted for service,” said MacMillan.

From being a faithful part of his church to serving as a member of the African Nova Scotia Development Association to managing a Pictou County Black Culture project, which involved narrations from seniors in the Black Community, he was a person who gave. He was also heavily involved with the Africentric Heritage Park and was part of the team that completed a community identification project which resulted in the establishment of the 30-foot pyramid structure which is the main feature of the park.

MacMillan presented MacKenzie with his award next.

MacKenzie’s involvement with preserving the community’s history and heritage is significant and stretches over years. Recently, he, along with judge Clyde Macdonald, a past recipient of the award, spearheaded a recent heritage project, which saw two interpretive panels installed along the Samson trail. One was a panel commemorating the coal shuts and the second one was a panel commemorating the business known as Arthur Carriage Shop. MacKenzie led the formation and installation of the panels and also was the driving force behind the gathering of monetary donations to pay for the design, preparation and construction of these professional heritage panels.

MacKenzie is also a key member of the Friends of the Pioneer Cemetery, which has been responsible for the recent restoration and repair of the Pioneer Cemetery.

In 2013 MacKenzie gained province wide attention when he led a project to benefit the children who attended the burn camp in Sydney, Cape Breton.

“Philip collected over 20 guitars and guitar cases from donors and these were all purchased from New Glasgow businesses,” said MacMillan. “Philip also donated a week of his time to teach the children.”

MacKenzie said he became involved with the trail after retiring from Trenton Works and speaking with Ray Wagg about the trail.

He also thanked Macdonald.

“I couldn’t have anything to do with this plaque had it not been for Judge Clyde Macdonald. “Twelve years ago when Judge Clyde Macdonald and I combined our interest, we really took off with things.”

The pair have worked together on many historical projects together over the years.

Organizations: Cultural Heritage, African Nova Scotia Development Association, Arthur Carriage Shop

Geographic location: New Glasgow, Paris, Montreal Pictou County Africentric Heritage Park Sydney Cape Breton

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