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Reserved section

This section contains well-researched names satisfying multiple naming criteria established by the City.

Name Background For Where
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. SRW Pedestrian Mews Bass Mews to be recommended for pedestrian mews in the Oakridge Development.
Bulrush Flora indicative of the marshes along the Fraser River A street in the river district To be recommended for new public street between East Kent Avenue South and North Arm Avenue, running east from River District Crossing to Oolichan Way.
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.
Moreno Cerra (1969-2019) 17-year City of Vancouver Engineering Department employee who lost his life at work, September 28, 2019. A street in the Oak Green Development Anywhere in Vancouver, particularly in the Grandview, Hastings, Kensington, Killarney, Mount Pleasant, Renfrew or Sunrise neighbourhoods.
Frank Collins Union leader and Black activist, who worked as a Canadian Pacific Railway porter and later as bus driver. He served as president of the Vancouver Division of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and the BC branch of the Canadian League for the Advancement of Coloured People. A street in the Oak Green Development "Collins Street" to be recommended for the public street running from West 38th Avenue to West 41st Avenue.
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
Jamie Lee Hamilton (1955-2019) Cree and Irish activist for sex work legalization, trans rights, and poverty solutions. In the 1980s, presaging the conviction of a serial killer, Hamilton sounded the alarm to City hall about sex workers going missing. She founded the Rainbow’s End thrift store in the Downtown Eastside to support trans people and the safehouses Grandma’s House and Pandora’s Box to support sex workers. She co-founded the West End Sex Workers Memorial, the first such in Canada, at Jervis and Pendrell. In 1984 she fought against a BC Supreme Court injunction (supported by neighbourhood group Concerned Residents Of the West End - and by the City) that had sex workers removed from the West End. She was a guest lecturer at Vancouver institutions UBC and SFU. She was an active contributor to the Park Board and advocated for it to be independently governed. She was the first openly trans person to run for public office in Canada.  Anything West End or DTES
Nora Hendrix (1883-1984) Key figure in the Hogan’s Alley community from the 1920s until its destruction in the late 1960s. Particularly known for her role with Fountain Chapel, the first Black church in the area and a cultural hub for the Black community. A street in the Oak Green Development “Nora Hendrix Way” to be recommended for the new north-south street currently referred to as “Local Street”.
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.
Phil Kobayashi (1917-2010) Entrepreneur and operator of a trucking company serving Terminal Lumber and Shingle Co. when the internment of Japanese Canadians began. He partnered with the Japanese Canadian owner of the lumber company, Ichizo Tokairin and lumber broker C.T. Coy to build a sawmill in Blind Bay that would serve as a self-supported community for his and five other Japanese Canadian families. By helping to create this community in Blind Bay, Phil was able to prevent the families from being separated (particularly the men from the women), which they would have been had they been sent to internment camps. He went on to be a leader and role model within the Japanese Canadian community and the broader Vancouver community. New Street Kobayashi Crescent to be recommended for the new street running from within the Plaza of Nations Development providing connection to Pacific Boulevard.
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.
Leonora Markovich Leonora Lucyna Markovich (1907-1970) was the fifth female architect to register with the Architectural Institute of BC. She established her own firm in the early 1950s and was responsible for the design of Willow Gardens (on West 46th Avenue) in 1965 and Langara Gardens in 1970 A street in Langara Gardens Development “Markovich Street” to be recommended for the new public street running from West 54th Avenue to West 57th Avenue, currently a private street called Ash Crescent.
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
Nemetz The Nemetz family was recommended by the Jewish Museum & Archives of BC, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, as an important name for memorial for their many contributions to Vancouver. The family arrived in Canada as Ukrainian Jewish refugees in the early 1900s, with the siblings Samuel, Charlie, David, Harry, and Sonia arriving first. A street in the Oak Green Development "Nemetz Drive" to be recommended for the public street running from West 38th Avenue to Collins Street.
Oberlander Recognizing Cornelia Hahn Oberlander and Peter Oberlander Anything Anywhere, ideally a site designed by Cornelia Oberlander. 
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. A commemorative sign (similar to the yellow and black commemorative signs for "Wasserman's Beat" and "Lilian To Way" noting "Dal's Place" The South Block of Georgia Street between Hornby and Burrard Streets in front of the Hotel Vancouver.
Salmonberry Reflects flora that grew in the area, used by Indigenous people. New street in the Old Dueck site development "Salmonberry Street" to be recommended for the public street running from SE Marine Drive to E 69th Avenue.
Joe Wai (1940-2017) Architect and activist who studied at UBC and lived in Strathcona. Wai designed the Chinese Garden in Chinatown, the Chinese Cultural Centre Museum-Archives, the Heritage Alley-Han Dynasty Bell, the Chinatown Plaza Parkade, the Chinatown Millennium Gate, the Chinese Freemans Building restoration, and the award-winning Skwachays Healing Lodge for the Vancouver Native Housing Society. He is known for his modest "Joe Wai Specials", tall narrow homes for gentle density infill for small lot sizes in Stratchona. As an activist as part of the Strathcona Owners and Tenants Association in 1973 he fought the freeway expansion in Strathcona, and while on the UBC Board of Governors advocated for a focus on Chinese history, culture, and local communities by UBC, and advocated for the UBC Learning Exchange. Wai received many professional and community awards, including the AIBC’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Vancouver Civic Merit Award, and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding community service. Anything Anywhere
Alexander Won Cumyow Alexander Won Cumyow (1861-1955), the first person of Chinese descent born in what is now present-day Canada, was a public servant who worked as a court translator of Chinese as well as a few of the local indigenous languages. A prominent leader of the Chinese community in Vancouver, he was founder of the Chinese Empire Reform Association and a president of the Chinese Benevolent Association. 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
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 being appointed 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
Joyce M. Drohan (d. 2022) Architect, urban designer and teacher leading teams developing the communities of South East False Creek and the East Fraserlands.  Anything (Drohan) or non-street asset (Joyce Drohan) Preferably in the Olympic Village or River District areas
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
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. Anything 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
Komagata Maru Japanese steamship Komagata Maru on which a group of citizens of the British Raj attempted to emigrate to Canada in 1914. Passengers were denied entry at Vancouver and were fired upon by police. Twenty Sikhs lost their lives as a result and the ship was forced return to Calcutta. Any Asset Downtown near the Burrard Inlet Waterfront
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
Robert Lee (1933-2020) Real estate developer, philanthropist, and UBC leader raised in Chinatown. Lee founded real estate development companies, Wall Financial Corporation and Prospero International Realty Inc., and was part of early Hong Kong investors in Vancouver, the only early realtor who spoke Cantonese. He served at UBC on the Board of Governors as a chancellor, and as the chairman of the UBC Foundation. He was a member of the Order of BC (1990) and the Order of Canada (1999) and has been commemorated in Vancouver with the Robert and Lily Lee Family and Community Health Centre near Commercial Drive, the Robert Lee YMCA on Burrard Street, and the Robert H. Lee Graduate School and Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre at UBC. Anything Anywhere
SK Lee (Shoo Khoon) (1923-2020) Lawyer, gardener, care-taker, and philanthropist, who made contributions to the BC Cancer Foundation, Vancouver Academy of Music, Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, BC Chinese Music Association, and Grace Vancouver Church. He has been commemorated by the S.K. Lee College at the Vancouver Academy of Music. 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
Siamelaht Born ~1844 in X̱wáýx̱way, inside Stanley Park, Siamelaht grew up in the Kitsilano area of what became known as Vancouver, and was Aunty to to August Jack Khatsahlano (X̱ats'alanexw). She was an outspoken individual who often talked about about how the Lions got their name, and whose portrait was painted by Mildred Valley Thornton. A non-street asset Anywhere
Nikola Tesla (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 electrical system. Anything Anywhere
Consuelo (Connie) Torey Connie Torey was a lifelong West End resident, supporter and teacher of ballet, and shopkeeper of Mode Hosiery at 857 Denman Street from 1939 to 1992. Anything Downtown Peninsula
Webster Violet Marion Brown Webster was the first woman to have a one woman art show at the VAG and lived most of her life on Carolina Street near 12th. Ran an art gallery on English Bay across from the Sylvia Hotel. Non-street asset Downtown or Mount Pleasant
Peter Wohlwend (d. 2016) With his wife, Midori Oba, recipient of the Greater Vancouver Good Neighbour Award from the Greater Vancouver Neighbourhood House Association for his community building work along Windsor Street. Anything Mount Pleasant
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
Jeanette Andersen Long-time resident of Pearson hospital and a champion for persons living with disabilities. "Jeanette Street" in the Pearson Dogwood Development. Between Cambie Street and Heather Street, running south from West 57th Avenue to the extension of West 58th Avenue.
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
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. Rosemary Brown Lane in the West End
Choy Yuen Choy Yuen is how Chinese market farmers would have referred to their operations. Market gardens were found throughout the area that constitutes Vancouver today, including near what is now the Oakridge development. Market gardens supplied the majority of fresh produce prior to the large scale importation of fruits and vegetables from international sources which began in the 1960s. Choy Yuen Crescent in Vancouver - Oakridge
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)
Eihu With his family, one of the original settlers at Kanaka Ranch on the shore of Coal Harbour, an informal settlement of native Hawaiians. Eihu Lane in the West End
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)
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. Gutteridge Plaza at City Hall
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
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. Jepson-Young Lane in the West End
Vivian Jung Vivian Jung (1924-2014) was the first Chinese-Canadian teacher hired by the Vancouver School Board. During her teacher training Vivian was required to obtain a lifesaving certificate. City policy at the Crystal Pool at Sunset Beach prevented Vivian from entering and swimming with her fellow students and teachers. In response, the group refused to enter without Vivian and, with that action, the long-standing colour bar at the City's only public swimming pool ended. With her teaching certificate she was hired at Tecumseh school where she taught for 35 years. Jung Lane in the West End
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.
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. New name for North Arm Trail Greenway
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. ted northe Lane in the West End
Oolichan Small ocean fish, also known as candlefish or eulachon, important to Indigenous peoples along the Fraser River. Once-large runs in Fraser have almost collapsed Oolichan Way in Vancouver - River District
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
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. Pantages Lane in the West End
Esther Paulson Esther Paulson (1906-2004 was a pioneering TB nurse and the first superintendent of nurses at the George Pearson Centre Paulson Street in the Pearson Dogwood Development
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
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. See-em-ia Lane in the West End
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
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. Stovold Lane in the West End
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
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 Lilian To Park
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
Valiant First police dog to lose his life in the line of duty. See VPD website for full story. Street adjacent to 3580 Graveley Street
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
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. Milton Wong Plaza in Vancouver - Olympic Village

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