On behalf of the Archives Association of Ontario (AAO) I would like to congratulate the Honourable Michael Coteau MPP (Don Valley East) on his recent appointment as Ontario's Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and as Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games. An MPP since 2011, Mr. Coteau previously served as the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
The AAO would also like to thank the outgoing Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the Honourable Michael Chan, for his outstanding support of Ontario's archival and heritage communities, and congratulate him on his new portfolio as Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade.
The AAO is continuously grateful to the the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport for the ongoing support of our association through the Provincial Heritage Organization Operating Grant. We look forward to continuing to promote wide public access to Ontario's heritage, and encouraging public participation in heritage conservation activities, with the Ministry's support for many years to come. The AAO will also be taking this opportunity to request a meeting with Minister Coteau, in order to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing our profession, and to extend our congratulations in person.