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Freedom of the City granted June 16, 2018
Posted Date: June 18, 2018
Gerry Nuttall Freedom of the City
Left to right: Councillor Madsen, Councillor Royer, Councillor Dilworth, Gerry Nuttall, Councillor Vagramov, Mayor Clay, Councillor Junker

Mayor Mike Clay presented Gerry Nuttall with the Freedom of the City honour on June 16, 2018, for his long-time service to the community.

In 1976, Gerry and his wife Barbara moved to Port Moody, where they built their house on April Road and raised three children. Gerry opened a small printing business, putting community and family before profit, and became a devoted volunteer in the community. In his printing business, he would often donate design and printing services to local non-profit organizations, even assisting his political competition with their campaign materials. He was the “go to” printer for most Port Moody businesses and was greatly missed when he sold his business. Still residing in the same house in 2018, Gerry is now a proud grandparent of six grandchildren.

During his more than 40 years in Port Moody, Gerry has been a hardworking, exemplary citizen and an asset to the City. He is described by many as a mentor, a community leader, a tireless volunteer, and someone who is dedicated to ensuring we have the best community possible.

Gerry served on Port Moody Council for three terms. During this time, he served as chair of the Finance Committee, Arts and Culture Committee, Economic Development Committee, Parks and Recreation Committee, and Community Care Committee, and as a member of the Arts Centre Expansion Project.

Gerry has also volunteered numerous hours in our community as a softball coach, member of the Port Moody Parks and Recreation Commission, chair of the Residents for a Better Port Moody, president of the Golden Spike Days Society, chair of the Burrard Thermal Liaison Committee, member of the Port Moody Police Board, treasurer for the BC Association of Police Boards, and co-chair for the Evergreen Line Art Committee.

Gerry’s latest endeavour has been the formation of the Port Moody Seniors Friendship Society. In 2015, Gerry worked with Ann Kitching (Freedom of the City recipient who passed away in December 2016) to address loneliness among seniors in Port Moody. Along with Fred Soofi and Wayne Borthwick, they formed a non-profit society called the Port Moody Seniors Friendship Society. In October 2016, with support from the City of Port Moody and Metro Vancouver, the Society opened a gathering space and café called The Club at 101 Noons Creek Drive. The Club is a place where seniors can come and drop in to socialize, as well as take part in activities such as bridge, knitting, book club, cribbage, movie nights, trivia nights, bus trips to multiple locations, concerts, barbecues, and Friday night socials.