Mayor Watson today presented the Key to the City to Sue Garvey, in recognition of her illustrious and distinguished career spent improving the lives of women who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. Ms. Garvey is being acknowledged for her steadfast commitment to improve affordable housing and community development for women in Ottawa who are living in poverty.
Ms. Garvey has lived her entire life in the Ottawa area. In 1974, she graduated from Immaculata High School. She attended Carleton University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1977 and a Master of Social Work in 1988.
Ms. Garvey has worked for a variety of agencies in Ottawa, including the City of Ottawa, Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, Pinecrest Queensway Community Services Centre and West End Community Ventures. She was the founding coordinator of Centre 507, a day program for those at risk of homelessness, and the founding Executive Director of Daybreak Non-Profit Housing. Ms. Garvey recently retired after 23 years with the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa as Executive Director of Cornerstone Housing for Women.
“Sue Garvey has dedicated her entire career to community development. Sue’s mission of hope has guided her work in building supportive and compassionate housing for some of Ottawa’s most vulnerable people. A lifelong resident of our city, she has made Ottawa a better place for all residents.”
Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa
- The Key to the City is Ottawa’s most prestigious award.
- The Key to the City was first presented in 1935 by His Worship Stanley Lewis to Lord Tweedsmuir, Governor General of Canada, and his wife Lady Tweedsmuir.
- Previous Key to the City recipients include author Margaret Atwood, photographer Yousuf Karsh, the Community Foundation of Ottawa and, more recently, actress Sandra Oh and retired hockey player Daniel Alfredsson.
- The Key to the City was last awarded to Ron Caza.
- The Key to the City is being presented to Ms. Garvey in recognition of an illustrious and distinguished career dedicated to improving the lives of women who are homeless or at risk of being homeless and a steadfast commitment to improve affordable housing and community development for women.