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Published on : Saturday, November 5, 2016
The fifth Annual ‘HOTie’ Tourism Awards Celebration was held in Hastings County recently. The successes of its tourism businesses, organizations, festivals and individuals were recognised during the event.
The MVP award went to Laura Forth and James Smith for the Deloro War Memorial tribute film.
The War Memorial, an 11 ft. high black granite obelisk, “the world’s first” digital cenotaph honouring the historical contributions of local Canadian Armed Forces members and others, was unveiled last October at a ceremony in Deloro. It was the worlds premiere of the couple’s movie ‘Lest We Forget – The Price of Freedom’ the Deloro Memorial tribute film, written by Forth.
“When we moved to this tiny village of 150 people, a sense of shame had engulfed the community as Deloro had long been vilified as the worst environmental disaster in Canada,” Forth said. They live in the village of Deloro, Marmora Township.
“In our research we discovered a forgotten legacy, the critical role that the Deloro Mine played in ensuring victory for the Allies in the First World War and Second World War, and a sense of pride emerged, one that we wanted to share with the world,” Forth explained.
Giving thanks for the award, “The film has been celebrated around the world from the London International Film Festival in England to the Canada International Film Festival in Vancouver, but this award means the most to us, because it comes from our peers, in our community, where we call home,” Forth said at the ceremony.”