Mayor Sendzik presents Key to the City to Dan Patterson

Mayor Sendzik presented Dan Patterson with the Key to the City on stage at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. City of St. Catharines photo

City of St. Catharines press release – Mayor Walter Sendzik presented Dr. Dan Patterson, President of Niagara College with a key to the city at a special retirement celebration last weekend.

“The key to the city is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions and I can think of no leader more deserving than Dan Patterson,” stated Mayor Sendzik. “Dan has been a passionate and energetic champion of Niagara. Through his infectious energy and passion, Dan has inspired generations of students, entrepreneurs and local leaders to pursue their dreams. He has left an indelible mark on Niagara College and our entire community. On behalf of the City of St. Catharines, congratulations on a remarkable career. We thank you for your leadership, vision and commitment to Niagara.”

The key to the city is an honour presented by the Mayor for positive contributions to the city. During his tenure, Dr. Patterson has overseen a transformation of Niagara College through tripled enrollment, international attraction and over $300 million invested in two local campuses. Niagara College has extended its reach through international education, innovative new programs and research partnerships that support Niagara’s local economy. Outside of his work at Niagara College, Dr. Patterson has championed many community initiatives and shared his knowledge and expertise on boards locally, provincially and nationally.

“As I reflect on my tenure as president of Niagara College, I take significant pride in the strong relationships that have been built between the college and our community, which have strengthened the economic and social fabric of Niagara,” said Patterson. “That’s why this particular recognition is so special for me. I’m very grateful to Mayor Sendzik, council and all of St. Catharines for such an extraordinary honour.”

Dr. Patterson joins a small group of local leaders who have received the key to the city including Norm Foster, Edward Burtynsky, Jack Lightstone, Tom Rankin, Robert Cooper, Fergie Jenkins, Mary Ann Edwards and Rosemary Hale.