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Media Advisory - Provincial plaque commemorates Syl Apps

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PARIS, ON, May 28, 2012 /CNW/ -



Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 1 p.m.

Location: Syl Apps Community Centre
51 William Street, Paris
Directions: From Highway 403, take Exit 27 for Rest Acres Road North towards Paris. Turn right onto King Edward Street. Turn left onto Dumfries Street/County Road 24A.  Turn left onto Grand River Street South, and then take the first right onto William Street. Syl Apps Community Centre is located on the right at the corner of William and Elm streets.

From Highway 401 West, take Exit 268 and turn left (west) onto Cedar Creek Road. Turn left onto Northumberland Street. Turn left onto Stanley Street, and then take the first right onto Swan Street (becomes Ayr Road). Turn left onto Keg Lane (becomes Silver Street). Turn right onto Grand River Street North/Highway 24A. Turn left onto William Street. Syl Apps Community Centre is located on the right at the corner of William and Elm streets.
Photo opportunity: Unveiling of a provincial plaque
Contact: Jason Clark
Marketing and Communications Intern
Ontario Heritage Trust
Telephone: 416-212-0952

Join the Ontario Heritage Trust and the County of Brant for the unveiling of a provincial plaque commemorating Syl Apps (1915-1998).

Born in Paris, Ontario, on January 18, 1915, Charles Joseph Sylvanus "Syl" Apps quickly established himself as a gifted athlete and student. While attending McMaster University in Hamilton, he played for both the varsity hockey and football teams, was the two-time Canadian pole vault champion, and finished sixth in the pole vault at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. After graduating, he launched an extraordinary 10-season career with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He served as captain of the Leafs for six seasons and led them to three Stanley Cups.  After hanging up his skates, Apps entered the business world and moved to Kingston, Ontario in 1963.  For the next 12 years, he served as the local MPP, again conducting himself with integrity.  When Apps died on Christmas Eve in 1998, his name graced numerous sports halls of fame and several provincial institutions - fitting tributes to someone whom many described as "fine a man as has ever lived."

The Ontario Heritage Trust's Provincial Plaque Program commemorates significant people, places and events in Ontario's history. Since 1953, over 1,200 provincial plaques have been unveiled.

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