Charlottetown’s Highest Honour Presented

Frontline Healthcare Professionals Receive Charlottetown’s Highest Honour
Posted on 05/01/2020
Charlottetown’s highest honour, the “Key to the City”, was presented during the Community Foundation of PEI Stay-At-Home-Online Gala on Friday evening (May 1). The distinction was virtually bestowed upon Prince Edward Island’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, and the Province’s Chief of Nursing, Marion Dowling, along with healthcare professionals across Prince Edward Island who have been working collectively to protect Islanders and slow the spread of COVID-19.

“On behalf of Charlottetown City Council and all of our citizens, we would like to thank our Key to the City recipients for everything they do daily to keep us safe during this public health emergency,” Mayor Philip Brown said. “Their jobs are stressful at the best of times; we can only imagine the conditions they are working under during this pandemic. We know that this pandemic isn’t over, but we are presenting the Key to the City now as a symbol of our continued gratitude and support as we move forward on the path to normalcy for Charlottetown. We stand behind them.”

The Key to the City tradition dates to medieval times when the gates to historic cities were kept locked and only the most trusted individuals were granted access. The Key to the City has become a unique way to celebrate and thank individuals, groups, or organizations that have contributed much to the City of Charlottetown. Mayor Brown virtually presented the Key to the City during the online gala. A plaque will also be placed in Charlottetown City Hall to mark the occasion.

“We are living in uncertain times here in Charlottetown, across the province, and around the world. Charlottetown residents have been heeding the calls from our healthcare professionals on ways to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Mayor Brown. “We will get through this pandemic together under the continued leadership of Marion Dowling and Dr. Morrison, along with our brave frontline healthcare professionals who are working daily to protect us and guide us through this difficult time.”

The City of Charlottetown continues to work closely with the government of Prince Edward Island, following the guidance and recommendations from the provincial and federal health officials on COVID-19. For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit or call the general information line at 1-800-958-6400.

Some of the past Key to the City recipients include: The Guardian, HMCS Charlottetown, and Walter J. “Wally” Hennessey.

Mayor Brown and City Council also wish to thank the Community Foundation of PEI for providing the platform to present the Key to the City and share a message of gratitude to Charlottetown healthcare professionals. While the event was free, donations to the Community Foundation of PEI support the COVID-19 Community Impact Fund, which directs money to PEI charities during this time of need. For more information on the Community Foundation of PEI Stay-At-Home-Online Gala, visit: (Direct URL: ).