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Heritage Winnipeg Honours the Loewens


On October 4th, Heritage Winnipeg honoured Bill and Shirley Loewen for their long standing contribution to the heritage community. With music by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra quartet, the black tie event took place in the grand Provencher Room at the Fort Garry Hotel.

Hosted by Ace Burpee of Virgin 103 Radio, the event was a tribute to the Loewen’s lifetime commitment to the heritage and arts community. Over the decades, the Loewens’s have contributed to the Millennium Centre, St. Norbert Arts and Cultural Centre and 298 Garry, which is the Telpay Building. To commemorate their contribution, Bill and Shirley were presented with an original piece of these three buildings created by Robert J. Sweeney, who is an award-winning building and product designer. In his stunning sketches, Sweeney captures familiar Winnipeg landmarks with extraordinary detail and precision.

“Heritage is a measure of a community, the power of its people and the choices they make. We are fortunate to have Bill and Shirley Loewen, as advocates of the importance of these choices. Their immeasurable contributions to heritage in Winnipeg make us strong and we say thank you,” stated Jordan Van Sewell, legendary ceramic sculpture artist and President of Heritage Winnipeg.

Heritage Winnipeg is a non-profit, charitable organization established in 1978, which promotes the restoration, rehabilitation and preservation of Winnipeg’s built environment.