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First 2020 Key to the City Recipient Burlington Veteran Gordon Schottlander

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On Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, I had the absolute honour and pleasure to present beloved Burlington veteran Gordon Schottlander the first Key to the City for 2020. Making the day even more special, it was during a celebration for his 95th birthday. Thank you Gordon for all that you have done for our community and this city, and for your service to our country.

Please see the citation below and learn more about Mr. Schottlander:

Mr. Gordon Schottlander was born in England in 1925. On June 6th, 1944, as a commissioned officer, he landed on Juno Beach and fought bravely alongside Canadian soldiers as part of the D-Day invasion that would lead to the successful end of the Second World War. He later came to Canada with his wife Colleen, building a big and wonderful family here that now includes four sons, 16 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

He continued his contributions to the community once arriving in Burlington.

His many accomplishments include President of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Burlington Planning Board, serving with the Knights of Columbus for many years, Chairman of the committee that raised over $1 million for the local YMCA, and being named Burlington’s Citizen of the Year in 1968. 

He continues to make Burlington his home, living in the downtown core.

While celebrating his 95th birthday in January of this year, he was presented with a proclamation and Key to the City for his meaningful and lasting contributions

To view past recipients of Burlington’s Key to the City, please visit:

— Mayor Marianne Meed Ward


*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist

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1 thought on “First 2020 Key to the City Recipient Burlington Veteran Gordon Schottlander”

  1. I think this is an awesome honour for Gord and I am happy to see him as a Key to the City recipient. We met Gord and his wife when we moved to Water Street (now Lakeshore Road) in the late 50’s and rented the top half of a rental home from them.

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