A Distinguished Civic Award for Heritage goes to a man who brings life to James Cockburn, who was one of the founding Father of Canadian Confederation and first speak of the House of Commons in 1867; a local lawyer; and municipal councillor, representing Northumberland and Durham Counties in the legislature for Upper Canada. He dresses in period costume, performed in 2010 celebrations of James Cockburn Day and volunteers his time at many functions of historic significance as Mr. Cockburn. He also speaks to Cobourg elementary and secondary school students on the importance of James Cockburn to Canada and the Cobourg community. Ladies and gentlemen, a distinguished Civic Award for Heritage goes to Rob Franklin. The award was presented in a special ceremony at Victoria Hall on Wed. Feb. 22, 2012.