On Sunday, 12 September, 2021, a small gathering of family members, friends and City of Montreal officials met to officially inaugurate Daisy Peterson Sweeney Park.
Mayor of the South-West Borough and President of the Executive Committee of the City of Montreal, Benoit Dorais, opened the intimate gathering, praising the life and work of Daisy Peterson Sweeney. He also noted that the park is being used to hold a variety of annual events, including a chess club which is celebrating their 15th anniversary.
Tina Sweeney, speaking on behalf of the family, thanked the City of Montreal and elected officials for naming the park and adjacent street in honour of her mother who adopted her as a young child.
Read excerpts of her speech below, or click here to see a video of her presentation.
Tina Sweeney’s Inauguration Tribute
Mom built community by using her talents and work ethic in ways that gave people a sense of purpose and belonging.
She was a master teacher. She had such knowledge, craftmanship of music, and although she is known for her piano and organ playing, she could pick up almost any instrument and play it or use it as a teaching tool.
And her love of music… I can’t express in words. But Opera was one of her favourite genres, and I would often wake up to her playing Opera records or on radio throughout the house. These are lasting and beautiful memories.
I will briefly and publicly thank my mom for her kindness and generosity. You see, at an age in my mom’s life, when she should have been thinking about herself and enjoying the fruits of her labour, she helped and mothered one more child. A six-year-old, needing a home – me – and I’m forever grateful for her strength and her love.
After the inauguration ceremony, family members, friends and City of Montreal South West Borough officials had pictures taken under the street and park signs, honouring Daisy Peterson Sweeney.
- Inauguration du parc Daisy-Peterson-Sweeney en présence de la famille (Press Release)
- City of Montreal South West Borough Facebook page
- City of Montreal South West Borough Twitter page
- City of Montreal South West Borough Flickr
- Tina Sweeney’s Comments at the Inauguration of the Daisy Peterson Sweeney Park
- Commentaires de Tina Sweeney à l’occasion de l’inauguration du parc Daisy-Peterson-Sweeney
- Video of Tina Sweeney’s presentation
Photos: Annie-Ève Dumontier