Lethbridge resident, Trevor Stuart was honoured by Lethbridge City Council July 11, 2016 when he received the Key to the City in recognition of his selfless efforts to end family violence.
Over the last 18 months, Trevor challenged himself to take on numerous climbing expeditions including his latest accomplishment of summiting Mt. Everest, all while raising awareness and funds to help put an end to family violence in Lethbridge.
“Climbing Mt. Everest is an amazing accomplishment in itself but to take on a feat of that magnitude with the goal of helping your community is truly admirable,” says Mayor Spearman. “Trevor is a very worthy recipient of the Key to the City.”
Trevor was raised in an abusive home and saw first-hand the pain it causes children and the struggles of women trying to escape. To address this issue, he launched “Elevating Lives One Peak at a Time”. His goal was to complete three major climbing expeditions to raise money and awareness for YWCA Harbour House. He summited Mt. Aconcagua, Argentina in January 2015. He conquered five peaks (each over 17,000’) in Bolivia in June 2015. On May 21 of this year, Trevor successfully summited Mt. Everest. To date, his campaign has raised over $38,000 for the YWCA.
“We live in such a dynamic city with so many people doing amazing things that I was just overwhelmed and honoured to be recognized like this,” says Stuart. “I have a great sense of personal pride in getting the Key to the City but it also helps to continue to raise the profile for the YWCA Harbour House and the important issue of family violence.”
In addition to his recent accomplishments, Trevor spent over five years working alongside Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Lethbridge. He was a “Big” to two little brothers and he completed four fundraising expeditions (Mt. Kilimanjaro (2008, 2009); Mt Everest Base Camp (2010); Mt. Athabasca (2011)) on their behalf, raising over $34,000 to support the organization.
“Trevor is an inspiration to many,” says Councillor Bridget Mearns. “His climbing accomplishments are truly awe inspiring but he also never lost focus of his real goal – bringing awareness to domestic violence and fundraising to build a safe haven for women and children escaping violence. “Elevating Lives” was a campaign executed by raw grit, sweat, tears, rock solid determination and heart. Trevor is truly an outstanding citizen and ambassador for Lethbridge.”
Trevor lives in Lethbridge with his wife and two stepsons. When he’s not selling real estate or climbing mountains, he spends time building The Happy Surprise Company, a good deed organization he started as a kid, or hiking and travelling with his family.
The Key to the City is a significant recognition that allows the City of Lethbridge to formally honour individuals or groups for unique and significant contributions or accomplishments.