National Trust for Canada

Belle Vue wins $10,000 in “This Place Matters” contest


By RTT Staff


The restoration of the Belle Vue property is a step closer thanks to the National Trust for Canada.

The trust’s “This Place Matters” online competition has concluded and the Belle Vue project – entered into the contest as “Belle Vue House – A Clear View into the Future by the Belle Vue Conservancy” – won the Community Builder prize and the $10,000 that goes with it. Results were announced Monday.

“Dozens of people in Amherstburg and beyond demonstrated the importance of this building to our past and to our future by voting every day to support the project,” said Shirley Curson-Prue, president of the Belle Vue Conservancy. “We are humbled by their commitment and very appreciative of the outcome of winning $10,000 which I understand is to be used to support the windows project. Thanks to everyone who voted!”

A look at Belle Vue, as seen July 2017. (Photo by Paul Hertel)

A look at Belle Vue, as seen July 2017. (Photo by Paul Hertel)

“Your votes really mattered,” added Anne Rota, the town’s manager of tourism and culture. “People who voted each and every day should be extremely proud. The Community Builder Prize was for the most number of votes on a national level! We couldn’t have done this without everyone’s dedication to vote every single day!”

The National Trust announced eight winning projects that participated in its 2017 “This Place Matters” national crowdfunding competition.

The Big Projects National Prize ($60,000) was won by Windows into the Future by First United Church (Truro, NS)

The Big Projects Regional-West Prize ($30,000) was won by Spirit of the Lyric by Lyric Theatre (Swift Current, SK) while the Big Projects Regional-Central Prize ($30,000) went to Keep Our Light Shining by PPLPS (Brighton, ON).

The Big Projects Regional-East Prize ($30,000) was won by the Union Art Project by Sir William Ford Coaker Heritage Foundation (Port Union, NL).

The Small Projects National Prize ($30,000) was captured by Spencerville Riverside Park by Spencerville Mill Foundation (Spencerville, ON) while the Small Projects Regional-Central Prize ($15,000) was won by Top off the Petrie by Architectural Conservancy Ontario Guelph Wellington Branch (Guelph, ON)

The Small Projects Regional-East Prize ($15,000) went to  Glenaladale… One Brick at a Time, Our Diamond in the Rough by Glenaladale Heritage Trust (Tracadie, PE).

Twenty-five participating project groups from coast to coast competed from June 14 to July 20 for Canadians’ votes and donations.

“At the close of five weeks of intense competition, the National Trust is deeply grateful for Canadians’ enthusiasm and generosity. ‘This Place Matters 2017’ raised awareness and much needed dollars for Canada’s historic places,” said Natalie Bull, executive director. “Our sincere congratulations and thanks go out to the community groups championing all 25 projects. Along with the prizes awarded, each project is a winner as they’ve all raised funds to help regenerate beloved community places that matter.”

The goal of the National Trust’s “This Place Matters” competition is to bring together community partners and community members to breathe new life into historic places across Canada.

Belle Vue in running to win $40K in “This Place Matters” contest


Special to the RTT

Belle Vue is in the running to win $40,000 in “This Place Matters” Competition

The competition is heating up!

“To everyone who has shown support for Belle Vue, the 200 year old National Historic Site in Amherstburg, now is the time to step up and Vote! Vote! Vote!” urges Linda Jackson, Chair of corporate outreach for the Belle Vue Conservancy.

Here are the Conservancy’s most recent standings:

Second place in the generic vote section, these are the votes minus the number of dollars donated. They can win $10,000 for the most generic votes.

Second place in the Central Region for total votes. Should they win in this category they will add $30,000 to their coffers to help restore Belle Vue.

Belle Vue, circa 1984

Belle Vue, circa 1984

This is how you can help:

Both generic votes and donations drive this contest.

Simply register your e-mail address at and vote every 24 hours for ‘Belle Vue House – A clear view for the future’. Once registered, add any additional emails you have and vote every 24 hours using multiple emails.

Ask others to register and vote. Voting is free. With every vote watch the count rise!

Share on Facebook and any social sites you have encouraging others to vote. Link is

You can also boost the count by donating. For each dollar that you donate you will purchase one vote for Belle Vue. $1 = 1 vote. Tax donation receipts are issued automatically and sent to your email. All monies raised from donations are returned to Belle Vue at the end of the competition less a National Trust administration fee.

Belle Vue, modern day

Belle Vue, modern day

This is the last week of competition. The contest ends July 17 at 12 noon.

“This is a prestigious nation-wide competition put on by The National Trust for Canada. It involves 25 vetted participants all across Canada.” says Jackson. “Let’s show our pride in Windsor and Essex County by providing support for our National Historic Treasure, Belle Vue.”

For additional information regarding Belle Vue please visit the Conservancy at


Belle Vue part of National Trust for Canada’s online funding competition



By Ron Giofu


The Belle Vue project has been selected to compete for cash in the National Trust for Canada’s “This Place Matters” competition.

Anne Rota, the town’s manager of tourism and culture, said Belle Vue was entered into the competition with the National Trust for Canada approving the project’s entry. Rota explained that the “This Place Matters” competition started in June 2015 with a campaign to save Nova Scotia lighthouses.

“Since then, the National Trust for Canada puts out a call for sites needing support for renovations, renewal and saving,” said Rota. “The Belle Vue House was accepted this year.”

The Belle Vue project can win up to $60,000 should it come first place nationally in the “big project” category, with “big projects” categorized as projects with budgets over $60,000. Amherstburg is in the central region and a first-place result in that could see Belle Vue land at least $30,000.

“It’s a pretty tough competition but this is where we need the community’s help,” said Rota.

It is an online voting competition and people can vote daily.


“It is based on the number of votes,” said Rota. “We encourage everyone to vote every single day. If they have multiple e-mail addresses, use them. Every single vote counts.

There is a second component to the “This Place Matters” competition, Rota continued, as people can also make donations through the “This Place Matters” website,

“Donating is optional but every $1 people donate equals one vote,” she said. “If you were even thinking of donating to the Belle Vue project, now would be the time. Tax receipts will be generated from the National Trust for Canada.”

Donations collected through that site will still flow to Belle Vue, Rota added.

“The bonus is, even if we don’t win, the Belle Vue house gets to keep any donation that comes in,” she said.


If the town were successful in winning the $60,000, it would go towards replacing windows at the 200-year-old Dalhousie St. mansion.

“Hopefully we can get some of the plywood off of the windows soon,” said Rota, who is also the town’s liaison to the Belle Vue Conservancy.

Rota described the fundraising efforts as “picking up momentum” and the “This Place Matters” campaign as another avenue to help in raising the $1 million the conservancy seeks.

“We just know we can do it,” said Rota. “This community has always gotten behind and rallied for great projects.”

Voting takes place and donations can be made through the website People can register their e-mails free of charge at the site and can vote once every 24 hours.

The contest opened June 15 at noon and closes July 17 at noon.