Strathcona was a threatened neighbourhood in the 1960's and was slated for 'urban renewal'. A group of activists, many of the original Chinese community, organized SPOTA (Strathcona Property Owners and Tenants Association) and, along with other politicians and community members , succeeded in their efforts to divert the proposed freeway and stop the development. This initiative resulted in the first Social Planning Department for the City, and for Canada. The mosaic will be permanently installed in front of founder Mary Chan's house on Keefer street within the coming year. It was inaugurated in early November 2012.
Artists: Richard Tetrault (design) and Jerry Whitehead. Research and project development by Esther Rausenberg.