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Willowbank undertakes four-dayd Kingdom, including event at Buckingham Palace with its Royal Patron

Working visit from May 20-23 to include meeting heritage institutions, Canadian
officials and graduates to strengthen Willowbank’s international network
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada;  A delegation from Willowbank, a non-profit school of heritage conservation on the Niagara Peninsula in Queenston, Ontario, will be visiting the United Kingdom from May 20-23, 2018.
The highlight is an invitation to Buckingham Palace for a reception celebrating the work of organizations under the Patronage of His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, a leader in the sustainable regeneration of historic places. The visit coincides with the fourth anniversary of The Prince’s Patronage of Willowbank.
At Buckingham Palace on May 22, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will be joined by Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle.
Megan Markell and Prince Henry
     On May 21 in London, Willowbank will meet with its two UK-based partner organizations. It will visit The Prince’s Foundation, a leader in skills-based heritage education and sustainable community development, including its School of Traditional Arts. As the home of the Canada Chapter of the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism (INTBAU), Willowbank will also meet INTBAU at its global headquarters. “Willowbank benefits from The Prince’s global leadership in bridging heritage with sustainability, said Janis Barlow, Executive Director, “visiting the United Kingdom brings an opportunity to learn from his imaginative vision, and to build strategic new links in Willowbank’s international network of partners and practitioners.”
During the visit, Willowbank’s delegation will meet officials at the High Commission of Canada at Canada House in London’s Trafalgar Square, to further the rich and diverse links in higher education between both countries, and will connect with Willowbank’s graduates based in the UK to discover how they draw on their Willowbank diploma overseas
The visit, made possible by donors, highlights Willowbank’s links to the UK. More than 25% of its 50 faculty practitioners have undertaken studies in the UK, some also working on significant projects. Willowbank’s students and graduates have themselves participated in UK projects, ranging from re-building England’s wind and watermills, to nominating a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to conserving the world’s largest glasshouse at Kew Gardens.
In addition to Ms. Barlow, Willowbank’s delegation includes three members of its Board of Directors – Patrick Little (Chair), Victoria Bright Broer (Past Chair) and Nigel Molaro (Class of 2015). At Buckingham Palace, they will be joined by Sahra Campbell, who has worked across the UK since graduating from Willowbank in 2015. In recognition of Ms. Broer’s extraordinary contributions to Willowbank, she will represent the group in a commemorative photo with The Prince. The delegation is covering its travel costs.
Willowbank’s Royal Patronage was announced on May 21, 2014, during a visit by The Prince to Canada. Granted on the advice of the Government of Canada, Royal Patronage recognizes the achievements of organizations and the contributions of different sectors of Canada’s public life. The Prince’s Patronages also reflect his areas of personal interest.
Founded in 2006, Willowbank is a non-profit school of heritage conservation on the Niagara Peninsula in Queenston, Ontario. Its three-year diploma is unique for combining academic with apprenticeship learning, with graduates working across a range of careers, from skilled trades to design firms to community development. At the heart of its campus is a 19th-century estate, celebrating its 15th anniversary as a National Historic Site in 2018.
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