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Name Background For Where
Rosemary Brown (1930-2003) First Black Canadian woman to be elected to a Canadian provincial legislature. After departing politics, she became a professor of Women's Studies at SFU and was later appointed Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. West End Lane West End - "Rosemary Brown Lane" to be recommended for future naming of lane which runs between Harwood Street and Beach Avenue/Pacific Street.
Kathleen Cather (1911-1999) Lifeguard. A granddaughter of Gustav and Matilda Roedde, she was born and raised in the Roedde House. Cather was the first female professional lifeguard in BC. West End Lane West End- "Cather Lane" to be recommended for the future naming of the portion of West End lane which runs south for half a block from Haro St, between Bidwell and Cardero Streets.
Eihu With his family, one of the original settlers at Kanaka Ranch on the shore of Coal Harbour, an informal settlement of native Hawaiians. West End Lane West End - "Eihu Lane" to be recommended for the future naming of the portion of lane which runs from Chilcoto Gilford Street, between Robson and Alberni Streets.
Naomi Frankenberg Her four decades of community service included Presidencies of the Beth Israel Synagogue Sisterhood, Vancouver Hadassah-WIZO, National Hadassah-WIZO, and Jewish National Fund Canada. She also served as Chair of Parent and Child Therapy, and worked with Canadian Jewish Congress, the Canada Israel Committee, and the campaign to construct a permanent home for King David High School. Anything Anywhere
Thelma Ginsberg Thelma Ginsberg held leadership roles in numerous community organizations including the National Council of Jewish Women, the Louis Brier Home for the Elderly, the Jewish Administrative Council, Canadian Jewish Congress, the Canadian Council of Jews and Christians, and the local Community Chest. In many of these cases, she was the first woman admitted to previously all-male boards. Anything Anywhere
Helena Gutteridge (1880-1960) Suffragette, labour activist, and Vancouver's first female alderman. The founder of the BC Women's Suffrage League, she took a leading role in the Vancouver Trades and Labour Council and was a member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation. West End Lane West End - "Gutteridge Lane" to be recommended for future naming of lane which runs between Robson and Haro Streets.
Dr. Peter Jepson-Young (1957-1992) Medical doctor in Vancouver, diagnosed with AIDS in 1985. Created TV series "Dr. Peter Diaries" which did much to educate the public about HIV and AIDS and put a human face on the disease. West End Lane West End - "Jepson-Young Lane" to be recommended for the future naming of lane which runs between Comox and Pendrell Streets.
Pauline Johnson / Tekahionwake (Mohawk) (1861-1913) Poet and performer notable for celebration of her First Nations Heritage. Johnson was born on the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario to a Mohawk chieftan father and an English mother. Despite many hardships, she built a career of writing and performing to enthusiastic audiences in Canada, the US and Great Britain. She retired to Vancouver in 1909 and continued writing, notably the collection Legends of Vancouver. Full name for use on West End Lane. Tekahionwake for any asset. West End - "Pauline Johnson Lane" to be recommended for the future naming of the portion of lane which runs south for half a block from Nelson Street, between Denman and Bidwell Streets.
Otto Landauer (1903-1980) Jewish-German immigrant who became a noted Canadian photographer and extensively documented Vancouver's development and growth following the second World War. Oakridge Oakridge - "Landauer Crescent" to be recommended for the future naming of a public street to be created along the west edge of the Oakridge Mall Development site, from Cambie Street to West 41st Avenue.
Charles Marega (1871-1939) Sculptor and teacher. Marega was the first professional sculptor in BC. His works include: lions on the LG Bridge, Joe Fortes fountain, bust of Oppenheimer and more. He was one of the first faculty members at the Vancouver School of Art, forerunner of ECUAD. Anything Anywhere
Ranjit Mattu (1916-1989) Athlete, businessman, and community leader. Mattu coached the Vancouver Blue Bombers to win the 1947 Dominion Cup and was a coach of the B.C. Lions. He was also the organizer and host of Indian Prime Minister Pandit Nehru's visit to BC in 1949. Anything Anywhere
Tommy McGrath (1927-1996) Labour leader, iron worker, and merchant mariner. A lifelong champion of workers' rights, McGrath served in leadership roles with several labour organizations, capping his career as president of the Canadian Merchant Navy Association. Anything Anywhere
Sara Anne McLagan (1855-1924) First Canadian female newspaper editor. McLagan co-founded the Vancouver Daily World with her husband, James C. McLagan. After his death, she continued as the newspaper's president and editor. Anything Anywhere
Masumi Mitsui (1887-1987) Japanese Canadian WWI veteran. He fought at Vimy and won the Military Medal for Bravery at Hill 70. After the war, he campaigned for enfranchising all Japanese Canadians but in 1931, the vote was only extended to veterans. He and his family were interned during WWII, eventually resettling in Ontario. In 1985, he was an honoured guest at the relighting of the lantern in the Japanese Canadian War Memorial at Stanley Park. Anything Anywhere
ted northe (1937-2014) A leader in the fight against AIDS and in defining the modern LGBTTQ+ community and human rights movement in Canada. Founded many organizational "firsts": Gay Businessmen's Guild, gay sports league and others. Was involved in organizing the first Pride Parade in Vancouver. West End Lane West End - "ted northe lane" to be recommended for future naming of lane which runs between Barclay and Nelson Streets.
Peter Basil Pantages (1901-1971) Restauranteur and Polar Bear Club founder. The proprietor of the Peter Pan Café at 1180 Granville Street, Pantages established the Polar Bear swimming club and served as its director for 51 years. West End Lane West End - "Pantages Lane" to be recommended for future naming of lane which runs between Davie and Burnaby Streets.
Dallas Murray (Dal) Richards (1918-2015) Musician and big band leader. He performed at the PNE for over 70 years, played 79 consecutive New Year's Eve concerts, hosted "Dal's Place" on AM650, was instrumental in forming and leading the BC Lions halftime entertainment band from the team's 1954 inception and participated in many benefit and fundraising events. Awards include the Civic Merit Award in 1994, the Order of Canada in 1995 and the Freedom of the City in 2005. Anything To be determined
Mary See-em-ia Mary was the granddaughter of Chief Capilano and wife of indigenous Hawaiians Eihu and Joe Nahanee. She and her family were residents of Kanaka Ranch, a settlement on the south shore of Coal Harbour, near Stanley Park. West End Lane West End - "See-em-ia Lane" to be recommended for the future naming of the lane which runs between Pendrell and Davie Street, from Denman to Thurlow Street.
Kathleen (Kay) Stovold (1911-2001) Community advocate and volunteer for seniors and people with disabilities. In 1979 cofounded and was president of the West End Seniors Network (Barclay Manor). WESN Kay Stovold Memorial Fund was established on her death in 2001, managed by VanCity Community Foundation. Kay's Place is a drop-in centre in Denman Place Mall. West End Lane West End - "Stovold Lane" to be recommended for future naming of lane which runs between Haro and Barclay Streets.
Lilian To (1945-2005) Community advocate and not-for-profit supporter. To improve conditions and provide services for newcomers to Canada, To served as the executive director of SUCCESS from 1988 to 2005. Anything Anywhere
Yip Sang (1845-1927) Businessman, social reformer, and political activist. Yip Sang worked for the CPR and established an import and export firm, the Wing Sang Company. He helped found community organizations such as the Chinese Benevolent Association. Anything Anywhere

Referenced section

This section contains names that possibly meet naming criteria but requiring more research, or that may better reflect naming criteria in the future.

Name Background For Where
George P. V. Akrigg (1913-2001) Historian and professor. Akrigg taught English at UBC and with his wife, Helen Akrigg, authored “1001 BC Place Names”. The couple were pioneers in self-publishing (Discovery Press) and won BC's first Heritage Award in 1995. Anything Point Grey
Sam Bass (1915-1990) Pharmacist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Bass established London Drugs, the first modern drug store in BC, and was a strong supporter of Jewish charities and community affairs. Anything Anywhere
Leon Bibb (1922-2015) American-born singer/stage performer and civil rights activist who relocated to Vancouver in 1970. Awards include the Order of BC, induction into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, and an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from UBC. Anything Anywhere
Earle Birney (1904-1995) Poet and novelist. Birney taught literature at UBC, founded Canada's first creative writing department, and served as editor for the Canadian Poetry magazine. His poetry and other writing won major Canadian literary awards. Anything PointGrey
George Black (1831-1896) Butcher and hotelier who in 1866 bought waterfront Lot 26, making him a party in Vancouver's first real estate transaction. In 1886, he built the New Brighton Hotel at Hastings Townsite and the City's first roller skating rink. Anything Gastown
James Blomfeld (1872-1951) Stained glass artist and creator of Vancouver's first coat of arms. With his family, founded BC's first art glass business. Anything Mount Pleasant
Mary Louise Bollert (1884-1956) First dean of women at UBC. Active in the leadership of the Confederation of University Women, she was also a founder of the BC Teachers Federation and a delegate to many international women's conferences. Anything Anywhere
Angelo Branca (1903-1984) Lawyer and judge. A Canadian amateur middleweight boxing champion, Branca became a leading defense attorney and later a crown prosecutor before beingappointed to the BC Supreme Court and later the BC Court of Appeal. Anything Strathcona / Hastings
Adam Burhoe (1914-2013) City Surveyor with City of Vancouver. He was commissioned as a BC land surveyor in 1949, served as President of the Association of BC Land Surveyors, was elected to Life Membership in 1984 and received the Distinguished Service Award in 1985. To be determined To be determined.
Robert James Cromie (1887-1936) Publisher of the Vancouver Sun. Bought the Sun in 1917 and absorbed competing newspapers. In 1925, Cromie won a campaign for the equalization of grain rates in western Canada. Anything Anywhere
John Drainie (1916-1965) Radio actor and television broadcaster. Orson Welles called him the greatest radio actor in the world. Drainie achieved fame through his roles in hundreds of Canadian radio, television, and stage productions. Recommended that name be used in a theatrical or broadcasting context. Anywhere
Yvonne Firkins (ca 1891-1966) Theatre producer and director. Firkins was a founding member of a number of Vancouver arts organizations including the Arts Club Theatre and the BC Dance Festival. During WWII, she managed the production of service shows for the Pacific Command. Anything Anywhere
Leonard Juda Frank (1870-1944) Photographer. Frank began his career photographing logging activities on Vancouver Island and became Vancouver's leading industrial and commercial photographer. Anything Anywhere
Jessie Gordon (1872-1951) Educator. Trained as a teacher, Gordon established Crofton House School in 1898 and was its first headmistress. After her retirement, she served on the school's Board of Governors. Anything Crofton School area, 51st & Blenheim, Kerrisdale.
Ida Halpern (1910-1987) Musicologist. Halpern conducted the first formal academic studies of the music of North Coast First Nations. She worked as music critic for The Province, led several local arts organizations, and represented Vancouver and Canada at numerous international cultural events. Anything Anywhere
Oliver M. Hocking Hotelier. In 1858, Hocking and business partner Fred Houston built the Brighton Hotel at the new settlement of the same name on Burrard Inlet. He was soon appointed deputy customs collector for the area. Anything Anywhere
Lily Laverock (1880-1969) Journalist and impresario. The first female general reporter on a Vancouver newspaper, Laverock wrote for the Vancouver World and the News-Advertiser. Her concert series, International Celebrity Concerts, brought many internationally recognized soloists and ensembles to Vancouver. Anything Anywhere
Maximillian (Maxie) Michaud (1839-1882) Hotelier. Michaud bought the Brighton Hotel in 1869, renaming it the Hastings Hotel to reflect the new name of the community, also Hastings. He was appointed postmaster and his hotel became a popular destination for holidayers from New Westminster. Anything New Brighton Park area
Harry Rankin (1920-2002) Lawyer and politician. Rankin served for 24 years as an alderman on Vancouver city council. As a labour and criminal lawyer in Vancouver, Rankin helped establish BC's legal aid system and was appointed Queen's Counsel. Anything East Vancouver
Frederick William Sentell (1858-1951) Builder and politician. After the Great Fire of 1886, Sentell built Vancouver's first city hall as well as many wooden homes in the neighbourhood now known as Strathcona. In 1890, Sentell served as an alderman on the Vancouver city council. Anything Strathcona
NikolaTesla (1856-1943) Serbian-American inventor, electrical and mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of a motorized alternating current electricical system. Anything Anywhere
Milton Wong (1940-2011). Raised in Vancouver's Chinatown by Chinese immigrant parents, Mr. Wong went to become a businessman, financier and philanthropist. He was awarded the Freedom of the City Award from the City of Vancouver for his many contributions to the city. In recognition of his achievements, he was also the recipient of the Order of Canada, the Order of British Columbia, and the City of Vancouver Civic Merit Award. Anything  
George Woodcock (1912-1995) Poet, historian, educator, biographer, editor. A conscientious objector during WWII, Woodcock founded the journal Canadian Literature, taught at UBC, and published extensively on the subject of anarchism. Anything Anywhere
(To be determined) Name to commemorate the signers of the petition to incorporate the City of Vancouver in 1886 Public square or plaza Gastown
Occupy The Occupy movement is an international protest movement against social and economic inequality. On October 15, 2011 some 5,000 people gathered in Vancouver to join the movement and protest social injustice. A group of protesters camped out in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery for five weeks. Consideration to apply this name to a civic asset will include an evaluation as to the relevance of the name at the (future) current time. Downtown

Recognized section

This section contains names of persons previously honoured. As names in the reserve section are assigned to assets, the name is moved to the recognized section.

Name Background Recognition
W. J. Brewer (1841-1931) Businessman and landowner. Signed petition to incorporate Vancouver in 1889, and elected alderman for Ward 4 in 1889. Elected first reeve of the South Vancouver District Municipality in 1892. Brewers Park in Cedar Cottage
Arthur Delamont (1892-1982) Band leader. In 1928 Delamont established the General Gordon Boys Band, later re-named the Kitsilano Boys Band. He conducted the award-winning band for nearly fifty years. Delamont Park in Kitsilano, UBC Service Award
Jim Deva (1949-2014) Co-founder of Little Sister's Book and Art Emporium. Advocated for LGBTTQ+ equality, free expression and social justice. Jim Deva Plaza in Davie Village (West End)
William Farrell (1854-1922) Founder of BC Telephone Co. An accomplished businessman and investor, Farrell worked to create the province's telecommunications network. He served as president of BC Tel from its establishment until his death. William Farrell Building at Robson and Seymour
Joe (Seraphim) Fortes (1865-1922) Vancouver's first official lifeguard. Fortes patrolled English Bay and taught generations of Vancouverites to swim. He is credited with saving more than 100 lives. Fountain, library, Labour Heritage Plaque
Terry Fox (1958-1981) Athlete, humanitarian, and activist. After losing one leg to cancer, Fox completed a run across a large portion of Canada to raise funding for cancer research. His legacy includes the annual Terry Fox Run and the Terry Fox Foundation. Sculpture at BC Place, Terry Fox Lane (SFU), Terry Fox School, Theatre, Library (Port Coquitlam)
Julia Henshaw Julia Henshaw was an accomplished writer and botanist who spent part of her life in the West End. She originally came to the Lower Mainland in 1890. She was a founding member of the Canadian Alpine Club, the Vancouver Musical Club and the Georgia Club, was involved with the Imperial Daughters of the Empire and Women's Canadian Club, worked as a newspaper columnist and literary and theatre critic, and served in the First World War. Henshaw Lane in the West End.
Lawren Stewart Harris (1885-1970) Painter. Harris was a founding member of the Group of Seven. He influenced many BC artists and is known primarily for his landscape paintings. National memorial plaque in front of Vancouver Art Gallery
August Jack Khatsahlano (1877-1967) A chief of the Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation). Khatsahlano worked with Euro-Canadian settlers to document in written form the history of the Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw. Kitsilano neighbourhood, Kitislano Diversion, school, restaurant
Henry Larsen (ca. 1899-1961) RCMP officer and ship commander. Under his command, the St. Roch completed the first west-to-east journey of the Northwest Passsage as well as the first return trip through the Northwest Passage. Statue at Vancouver Maritime Museum, Larsen Sound, CCGS Henry Larsen
Harvey Reginald MacMillan (1885-1976) Forester and philanthropist. MacMillan was appointed BC's first forester in 1912. In 1919 he and business associate W.G. VanDusen founded H.R. MacMillan Export Company. The company was later merged with Bloedel, Stewart and Welch. H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, UBC building, MacMillan Provincial Park on Van. Island
Robert Gordon McBeath (1898-1922) Soldier and police officer. McBeath received the Victoria Cross (in Scotland) for his extraordinary service in WWI. After the war, McBeath became a constable with the Vancouver Police Department. He was killed while walking the Granville and Davie Beat. R G McBeath (VPD Patrol Boat), cairn at VPD Training Centre
Maxine MacGilvray (ca 1892-1952) Originally from Wisconsin, ran hairdressing salon at Spencer's Department Store from 1914, then established very successful salon and beauty school; products locally manufactured with help of chemist husband. Facade of Maxine's Beauty School preserved at 1209 Bidwell (now a coffee shop). Maxine Lane named in West End.
David Oppenheimer (1832-1897) Businessman, philanthropist, and politician. As the second-largest landowner in Vancouver after the CPR, Oppenheimer donated land and funds for civic causes and industrial development. As mayor of Vancouver from 1888-1891, Oppenheimer led the installation of Vancouver's water, sewer, and streetcar services. Oppenheimer Park, elementary school, bust in Stanley Park
George C. Reifel (1893-1973) George Conrad Reifel was a New Westminster brewmaster and distiller. With his brother Harry, he built and owned Commodore Block on Granville St (1929) and Vogue and Studio theatres in the 1940s. His grandson George Henry farmed the 348-hectare Reifel Farms, and developed a way to grow sugar beet seed during WWII. In 1972, he donated a portion of Reifel Island to the Crown to maintain the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary. [From Chuck Davis' Metropolitan Vancouver] George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Gordon Shrum (1896-1985) Scientist, educator and public administrator. After retiring from his career as physics professor and dean at UBC, Shrum was appointed head of BC Electric. He served as SFU's first chancellor and was director of the Vancouver Museum and Planetarium Association. Gordon Shrum Common Block (UBC), SFU scholarship, Shrum Bowl (football)
Jose Silva (aka Portuguese Joe, Joe Silvey) (ca. 1835 - 1902) Early settler from the Azores. Silva married the granddaughter of Chief Kiapalano and lived on the peninsula now known as Stanley Park. He was accomplished in many trades and was the first man in BC to hold a seine fishing licence. "Shore to Shore" sculpture at Brockton Point. Sculptor Luke Marston is a descendant of Silva
Erwin Swangard (1908-1993) Reporter and PNE president. Swanguard covered the 1936 Olympic Games and worked as managing editor for the Vancouver Sun. He founded the Tournament of Soccer Champions, co-founded the BC Lions and raised the funding to build Swangard Stadium. Swangard Stadium in Burnaby
Jagat "Jack" Singh Uppal (1925-2014) Sikh pioneer and successful businessman, Jack Uppal founded Goldwood Industries on Mitchell Island. Received an honorary doctorate from SFU in acknowledgement of his activism on behalf of the South Asian community. Mr. Uppal was also awarded a BC Community Achievement Award, UBC's Nehru Humanitarian Award, and the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal. Jack Uppal Street in Vancouver - River District
Witford Julian VanDusen (1889-1978) Forester and philanthropist. A partner in the management of H.R. MacMillan Export Company, VanDusen spearheaded the establishment of the Vancouver Foundation and donated the land that became the VanDusen Gardens. VanDusen Gardens, various awards
Alvo von Alvensleben (1879-1965) German-born entrepreneur active in Vancouver real estate and finance. As a property developer, Von Alvensleben concentrated his work in Vancouver's west side residential suburbs. Crofton House (formerly Edgewood, home of von A.)
Jack Wasserman (1927-1977) Journalist. As a police reporter and columnist for the Vancouver Sun, Wasserman covered stories such as the death of Errol Flynn. Wasserman also hosted radio programs on CJOR and CBC. “Wasserman’s Beat” sign and plaque on Hornby Street

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