Heritage award winners included the restoration of the Laurel Packinghouse.

Heritage society pays tribute to local historical preservation

Lorainne McLarty honoured.

The Central Okanagan Heritage Society handed out its annual heritage awards, one of the events held to recognize Heritage Week.

The Distinguished Community Service was presented to Lorainne McLarty. 

She and her husband Hugh have had a direct involvement with the Central Okanagan Heritage Society for the past 23 years.

McLarty is now serving her 13th year on the society board, and has held all of the executive positions at various times over those years. 

In addition to her involvement with COHS, McLarty has been an active member of First United Church, a heritage designated building. 

She has volunteered with the Orchard Museum and been an active member with the Kelowna and District Genealogy Society. 

She played a key role in getting Brent’s Grist Mill saved and was part of the city committee that worked on the first feasibility study for that project in 2001.

Other award winners were: 

Conservation project on a building currently in non-residential use 

To: City of Kelowna and Kelowna Museums

For: the work on the Laurel Packinghouse

Conservation project on a building currently in residential use 

To: Davara Enterprises Ltd.

For:  the H.D. Riggs House. 911 Borden Ave. in Kelowna

Continued conservation of a heritage building 

To: Jesai Chantler

For: Raymer House,  730 Lawson Ave. in Kelowna

Conservation of a neighbourhood or area 

To: Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration Society

For: Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration