‘Ottawa has at all times been my favorite:’ Trebek’s generosity lifted U of O and Canada’s capital


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Trebek’s philanthropy and lifelong success on prime-time tv paved the way in which to an vital assembly with the mayor on Could 5, 2016. He acquired the important thing to town, the very best honour awarded by the municipality.

Ottawa Metropolis Corridor has seen celebrities grace its corridors, however they aren’t all superstars like Trebek.

Jeopardy host Alex Trebek was presented the keys to the city of Ottawa by Mayor Jim Watson on Thursday May 5, 2016. Errol McGihon
Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek acquired the important thing to town from Mayor Jim Watson in Could 2016. Picture by Errol McGihon /Postmedia

It was a small ceremony, exterior of the mayor’s workplace within the heritage wing of metropolis corridor. A crush of reporters crammed the reception space the place Trebek, along with his spouse, Jean, accepted the framed key from Jim Watson.

Trebek playfully zinged Watson on the ceremony, too, itemizing jobs on Watson’s personal resumé, together with two go-rounds as mayor, and asking him, “When are you going to determine what you actually need to do?”

When Watson completed studying Trebek’s checklist , educational and philanthropic accomplishments, Trebek mentioned he needed to take the piece of paper again with him to Los Angeles, “as a result of, rattling it, they made me sound good.”

Trebek’s remarks on the ceremony revealed his appreciation for Ottawa. The Sudbury native thought of Sudbury, Ottawa and Toronto his hometowns, however a kind of cities took up more room in his coronary heart.

“Ottawa has at all times been my favorite,” Trebek mentioned that day.

The flag exterior of Watson’s workplace alongside Elgin Road was lowered to half-mast on Sunday and can keep that method till sundown Wednesday to honour Trebek.

Watson acknowledged Trebek’s contributions to town.

University of Ottawa alumni Alex Trebek was honoured in Ottawa Tuesday May 5, 2015. The University of Ottawa inaugurated the Alex Trebek Alumni Hall Tuesday morning. The new alumni hall was funded in part through Trebek's $2.4 million donation.    Tony Caldwell/Postmedia Network
The U of O inaugurated the Alex Trebek Alumni Corridor in Could 2015 and he was on campus to assist open the constructing. Picture by Tony Caldwell /Postmedia

“Alex Trebek was an inspiration to so many round North America. He devoted his life to the pursuit of information and better schooling,” Watson mentioned in an announcement.