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Partnership is Key: City of Peterborough Presents Trent University with Key to the City

December 8, 2017

Honour recognizes Trent’s contribution to the community and marks a milestone first for an external organization

President Groarke and Provost Muldoon hold the key to city from Peterborough

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.

About Trent University

One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area, delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.