2017 Volunteer Service Award

Heritage Toronto volunteers make it possible to celebrate Toronto’s heritage and build a compassionate city that honours its diverse stories.

We recognize those who have demonstrated exemplary service and commitment to the organization with the Volunteer Service Award.

The Heritage Toronto Board is pleased to present Wilf Neidhardt with the 2017 Volunteer Service Award.

An educator who spent over 30 years as a history teacher and department head, Wilf first came to Heritage Toronto as a founding board member (2000-2007) from Gibson House Museum.  During his tenure, he served on the Programs Committee and as Coordinating Chair of the Awards Juries.

Wilf’s enduring legacy will be his contribution to Heritage Toronto’s plaques program. In 2004, Wilf was an instrumental player in the development of the program, working closely with staff to ensure a comprehensive process with clear policies and guidelines. After his Board service, Wilf volunteered for a decade as an active and devoted member of the Historical Plaques Committee (2008-2017).

A respected colleague, he has demonstrated his dedication to respectful dialogue and careful consideration of Toronto’s more complicated historical narratives. As a result, his work has ensured the continued integrity of the program as it has grown exponentially.


In 2016, Ed Freeman became the inaugural recipient of the Heritage Toronto Volunteer Service Award. Celebrating the Award, at a reception held at the Historic Don Jail, Kate Marshall, Chair of the Heritage Toronto Board noted his 21 years of consecutive service to the Tours program.  A geologist by training, Ed has given tours and talks for Heritage Toronto on the history of the city’s quarries and brickworks, as well as tours on neighbourhood planning, our natural trails, and residential architecture.