In a milestone first for an external organization, the City of Peterborough has awarded Trent University a key to the city in recognition of the importance postsecondary institutions play in our community.
Mayor Daryl Bennett presented the key to the city to President Groarke and Trent University while President Groarke was filming a segment with local media station, YourTV. A key to the city was also presented to Fleming College president Dr. Tony Tilley.
“It is very meaningful for Trent to receive this honour because our connection to the community is so much a part of who we are,” said Dr. Leo Groarke, president and vice-chancellor of Trent University. “It’s extra special to be awarded this with Fleming, because the Trent-Fleming partnership is a key component of what we do.”
"The key to the city is bestowed upon Trent University to recognize the outstanding contributions its students, faculty and staff have made in the life of our community over Trent's first 50 years,” said Mayor Bennett. “Trent positively influences the social, economic and cultural activities in Peterborough."
The key to the city is a ceremonial gift to honour extraordinary civic contributions of the recipient. The key to the City of Peterborough has been awarded to distinguished recipients such as musician Ronnie Hawkins, retired OHL coach and GM Dick Todd, NHL player Corey Perry, community volunteer and former GE Canada executive Paul Scholfield, Stompin' Tom Connors, Trent University founding president Professor T.H.B. Symons, and former Trent University President Bonnie Patterson.