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Trelle Morrow to be granted Freedom of the City

Trelle Morrow examines an exhibit at Studio 2880 of the Community Arts Council book "An Arts Compendium," celebrating 50th anniversary of the council. Morrow edited the book. Bill Phillips photo
Trelle Morrow.

Retired architect and notable documentarian of the region’s history, Trelle Morrow, will be awarded Prince George’s Freedom of the City at the upcoming November 20 council meeting. The Freedom of the City is the highest honour a municipality can bestow on a distinguished person or unit of the Canadian Armed Forces (or another nation).

Council is recognizing Morrow’s contributions to the community over the last several decades with this award. Morrow’s architectural career spanned 40 years and he designed such notable buildings as the former Prince George Citizen building on Brunswick Street and Sacred Heart Cathedral. He was a long-serving member of the City of Prince George’s Heritage Commission, serving from 2015-2021.

He is a four-time winner of the Jeanne Clarke Local History Award.

The Community Charter includes provisions under section 158 that allow a council to grant the award to a deserving recipient. In addition to Charter-defined benefits like eligibility to vote in an election for mayor or councillor and the ability to stand for election in the municipality (if the person is a Canadian citizen), the Freedom of the City policy passed by Council in 2005 also provides the following:

  • Free parking at a parking space controlled by a parking meter up to the maximum time permitted by the meter and free parking at City lots and parkades where parking is available on a short-term basis.
  • The privilege of being invited to special city council functions like volunteer appreciation dinners and inaugural Council meetings.
  • A photograph of the recipient engraved with the individual’s name and status will be displayed permanently in a prominent location at City Hall.

The Freedom of the City is a designation that is infrequently awarded and only with council’s full support. The award is reflective of exceptional merit and public contribution.

Members of the pubic are welcome to attend the Freedom of the City presentation at council chambers on November 20 at 6 p.m.

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