John Aikman, a volunteer at Westfield Heritage Village since 1969, will be presented the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement on February 26 at Queen’s Park in Toronto.
John’s involvement began when as an outdoor education consultant with the Hamilton Board
of Education, he assisted with the organization of the first educational outing at Westfield, activities.In 1978, John was appointed to the Hamilton Conservation Authority’s Heritage Sites Advisory Committee, which he served on for thirteen years. During the 80s and 90s, he led Crooks Heritage Trail walks, which grew to over 200 people participating in each walk.
In the 1980s, John began volunteering at the Blacksmith Shop under the tutelage of then blacksmith, John Blythe and blacksmith hobbyist, Dan Wentworth.
John is also involved with other local heritage organizations and projects in the area, including assisting with education programs at Dundurn Castle. He currently volunteers as Manager of the Educational Archives and Heritage Centre of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.