Richard (Dick) Remus of Emerson has been singled out for his lifetime of service, preserving and promoting a crucial piece of Manitoba's heritage.
A fixture as well-known as Fort Dufferin itself, the 92-year-old was presented with the Historical Preservation Award Thursday by Lieutenant Governor Anita Neville.
"It is such a pleasure to celebrate the contributions of today's honourees and their tireless dedication in preserving and promoting the history of this great province," said Neville in a news release. "Through the creation of events and programs to engage with communities large and small, the writing of books for the benefit of future generations, and so much more, these outstanding individuals ensure Manitoba's rich history is kept alive."
Remus, representing the Post Road Heritage Group, was an original member of the Boundary Commission North West Mounted Police Trail Association, formed in 1988 with the goal of mapping and preserving the 1874 North West Mounted Police Trail through western Canada.
In 2000, he helped to recognize the 125th anniversary of the arrival of Mennonites to Manitoba's West Reserve via Fort Dufferin.
In the presentation made at Government House, Remus was commended for his help in the creation of an interpretive center based on a restored historic building. He also helped to build a walking trail along the Red River, and has given numerous presentations, often in authentic period costume. As well, Remus gives interviews and guided tours and takes on most any task and project that needs to be done.
Oh, and by the way, Remus will celebrate his 93rd birthday next month.