Summerside renames street Heather Moyse Drive

Colin MacLean
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Heather Moyse

SUMMERSIDE — Harbour Drive is no more.

Summerside Mayor Basil Stewart officially proclaimed the renaming of the street Tuesday, during the Canada Day celebrations, to Heather Moyse Drive.

Announced several weeks ago, the change was made to honour Moyse’s accomplishment in sport (she’s a two-time Olympic bobsleigh gold medallist) and to thank her for her long-time support of her hometown of Summerside and the province in general.

However, nobody told Moyse until just before the event that she would be asked to speak, which she made light of when she got to the microphone.

“They probably asked me to speak last minute knowing that whatever I’d say I’d probably just end up bawling. I get very emotional when I talk about P.E.I.,” she said.

Right on cue Moyse started to tear up and took a few moments to compose herself.

The multi-sport athlete didn’t stay at the ceremony long, for which she apologized profusely, but she had another engagement in Charlottetown.

At one point, after Moyse hadn’t spoken for several seconds but was still standing at the microphone, an organizer apparently thought she was done speaking, so they stood up and went over to the podium.

Moyse just laughed and choked out something about just not being able to speak.

The red-faced announcer quickly sat back down, to much guffaw from the crowd.

“What do you say when you’re given a street?” asked Moyse, finally.

“I’m at a little bit of a loss for words but it truly is an honour - thank you.”

Geographic location: Summerside, Charlottetown

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  • Cromwell
    July 03, 2014 - 12:13

    Miss Moyse, a professional athlete who was born in Summerside and now lives, year-round, in Toronto, is doing a truly remarkable job in marketing herself. I am at loss as to how she merits all of these accolades from PEI, given that none has brought any meaningful recognition to the Province from the outside world, or perhaps it is expected that tourists from China and Japan will flock to witness the reincarnation of 'Anne'.

  • TownTrash
    July 03, 2014 - 10:39

    Anybody else think this is in bad taste? I think it's time for Basil Stewart to step down for the good of the city......really.

  • Cb
    July 03, 2014 - 06:44

    Summerside really dropped the ball renaming a street(the Main Street that drives by the harbour!) to this... Honestly people, 10-20 years from now, it's going to be looked back at a little impulsive.. I could see naming a street if Sunmerside wanted to, but renaming their main street? That would be like renaming University Avenue or something...

  • insincere
    July 02, 2014 - 22:29

    Great accomplishment as an athlete. Wish you weren't trying to milk major money out of every organization that would like to hear your story. That part seems a little insincere. You're entitled to market yourself and go for the big speaker fees, but I would have hoped for a bit more generosity for those who supported you in your journey. Good luck.