This week, Mayor Jim Watson presented the Key to the City to The Right Honourable David Johnston and Mrs. Sharon Johnston, at a ceremony at City Hall.
The Key to the City is Ottawa’s most prestigious award in which an ornamental key is presented to esteemed residents, visitors and others whom the City of Ottawa wishes to honour. This practice has a symbolic meaning evoking medieval walled cities, the gates of which would be guarded during the day and locked at night. The key symbolizes the freedom of the recipient to enter and leave the city at will as a trusted friend of city residents.
The Right Honourable David Johnston was recognized for an unwavering commitment to education, learning and innovation, youth, philanthropy and volunteerism, with the distinct honour of serving as Governor General of Canada from 2010 to 2017.
Mrs. Sharon Johnston was recognized for an illustrious career in rehabilitation science with a steadfast commitment to mental health and wellness advocacy, and her dedication to supporting Indigenous youth and families.
During their time in Ottawa, the Johnstons encouraged all Canadians to join in the building of a smarter, more caring nation.
To learn more about this honour and to see all past recipients, please visit https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/your-city-government/policies-and-administrative-structure/office-protocol/awards-and-recognition#key-city
To watch the presentation recorded by Rogers TV, please visit http://www.rogerstv.com/show?lid=12&rid=4&sid=2151