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For Immediate Release:
June 29, 2010

Peel Heritage Complex Officially Breaks Ground

BRAMPTON, ON (June 28, 2010) – In the mid-1860s, sod and dirt were first turned to build the Peel County Courthouse. Today – over 140 years later – the Courthouse hosted another significant groundbreaking to officially celebrate the start of the expansion and renovation of the Peel Heritage Complex.

The renovation and expansion of the Peel Heritage Complex is a $10 million project that has received generous support from the Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Stimulus Fund and the Region of Peel. Together the Peel Heritage Complex Advisory Board, representatives from the Federal, Ontario and Municipal governments, and key construction and community partners joined Regional Councillors to celebrate a community investment in the preservation of arts, heritage and culture.

PHC Groundbreaking
Making history at the official groundbreaking for the renovation and expansion of the Peel Heritage Complex are: John Sanderson, Peel Regional Councillor (Wards 3 and 4, Brampton); The Honourable John Baird, Federal Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities; Susan Fennell, Mayor of Brampton; John Hutton, Brampton City Councillor (Wards 2 and 6); Harinder Takhar, MPP, Mississauga-Erindale; Emil Kolb, Peel Regional Chair; and Chuck Scott, Chair, Peel Heritage Complex Advisory Board.

“The expansion of the Peel Heritage Complex buildings and programs will tell the marvelous stories of Peel – from our earliest recorded memories, to stories that put us on the front page,” said Emil Kolb, Regional Chair. “People will see that land use is always evolving, and that we are proud of local innovation and creativity, and immigration is nothing new. Through the Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, the role of art and heritage in a healthy community has been emphasized by our government partners.”

Addressing those gathered were Chair Kolb; the Honourable John Baird, Federal Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities; Harinder Takhar, MPP, Mississauga-Erindale; Susan Fennell, Mayor, City of Brampton; and Chuck Scott, Chair, Peel Heritage Complex Advisory Board.

The permanent collection belonging to the Museum, Archives and Art Gallery has grown dramatically in the last 40 years. The expansion means more space for new exhibitions of art and artifacts, better storage for significant local treasures, and new opportunities for community connections.

“Reflecting the trust and confidence of its donor community, the Peel Heritage Complex has been entrusted with significant gifts of art, artifacts and archival records,” said Chuck Scott, Chair, Peel Heritage Complex Advisory Board. “Our board, staff and volunteers look forward to continuing this relationship, and sharing our new space with Peel and its visitors.”  

The Peel Heritage Complex collects, preserves and displays art, artifacts and archival documents significant to Peel’s culture and heritage. Operated by the Region of Peel, the Peel Heritage Complex is located at 9 Wellington St., E. in Brampton.

The Peel Heritage Complex will be temporarily closed from March 2010 to fall 2011 due to construction. Visit www.peelheritagecomplex.org for more information.

The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the town of Caledon.



Natalie Daniel
Public Affairs Associate
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4478

Diane Allengame
Acting Manager, Peel Heritage Complex
905-791-4055, ext. 3629

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595, e-mail



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