Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver and City of New Westminster Unveil Mosaic Tile to Commemorate Early Chinese Immigrants to New Westminster
New Westminster – On Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 11:00 am, the Chinese Benevolent Association (CBA) of Vancouver and the City of New Westminster unveiled a mosaic tile at the southwest corner of Columbia and McKenzie Streets in New Westminster. The mosaic was a gift from the CBA to the city and commemorates early Chinese immigrants to New Westminster.
“This mosaic is a symbol of the City’s long-standing relationship with our Chinese community and recognizes their many contributions to our city,” said City of New Westminster’s Acting Mayor Jonathan Cote. “Looking at it, we are reminded of our need to learn from the past and forge ahead in a spirit of cooperation, friendship and trust.”
The mosaic, designed and created by Liz Calvin, depicts the ancient Chinese folk art of paper cutting which has a history of more than 1,500 years. It is one of nine that tell the compelling story of economic and social development in New Westminster’s Downtown. The mosaics are located on Columbia Street between Fourth and Eighth Streets.
John Stark, Senior Social Planner