*Please see below a media release issued by the City of Burlington.
Burlington, Ont. — Dec. 15, 2020 — The City of Burlington is pleased to announce two new recipients of the Key to the City in 2020: Kendall Cooper and Ian Elliott.
Kendall Cooper is a multiple medal-winning hockey player from the Aldershot community who, last year, received the Aldershot Honour Roll’s youth award and at age 16 was part of the gold medal winning team in Japan in Women’s Under 18 Hockey where she assisted in the gold-medal winning goal, and since then became Captain of the team for 2020 and won the silver medal as Captain.
Kendall is not only the first young person to receive Burlington’s Key to the City, she is also the first woman to do so since this program began in early 2019.
Ian Elliott is the heart and soul behind our beloved local independent bookstore, A Different Drummer Books. Having worked there since 1990, Ian is now owner and helming this unique bookshop through it’s 50th year here in Burlington. With the many additional challenges businesses have faced throughout COVID-19, the continued success of a small local business is all the more meaningful.
Ian’s dedication to promoting emerging authors and engendering a love of literature in people of all ages from our community is truly remarkable. Countless community events, thoughtful reading recommendations, and quiet charitable contributions are just one of many reasons this business has survived five decades and enjoys a dedicated fanbase of loyal customers.
MAYOR MEED WARD’S TAKES:
FOR KENDALL COOPER:
Sport and competition is one of the things that makes Burlington such a great place to live. Our city is active, healthy and vibrant, and Kendall’s contribution to those values and for shining a light on our local hockey community and how it can help create future medalists is why we are so proud to bestow the Key to the City on Kendall Cooper. I applaud her for all her hard work, persistence and excellence and thank her for how she positively represents our city.
FOR IAN ELLIOT:
The resilience and persistence we have seen from local business owners like Ian Elliott this year cannot be overstated. The loyal and lifelong customers of A Different Drummer Books bookstore have continued to support him and his store thanks to his limitless passion and dedication, which is why it is now celebrating 50 years in business! Ian’s hard work, generosity and commitment to our literary community and culture in Burlington are why he is very deserving of the Key to the City.
- Launched by Mayor Marianne Meed Ward in 2019, the Key to the City program at the City of Burlington honours individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to our community. Whether it be through sport, philanthropy, business, arts & culture, volunteering, advocacy or leadership, the recipients of a Key to the City will have created a unique and meaningful legacy that will positively impact our community for years to come. Keys may also be given to visiting dignitaries or in recognition of our twin city relationships.
- Previous Key to the City recipients include Mike ‘Beard Guy’ Taylor, City of Itabashi Japan and Gordon Schottlander.
- Key to the City Program
- Past recipients:
- Burlington Unveils New Key to the City
*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist