Love Grows in Lynn Valley

Thank you everyone in our community for your continued and powerful support. This online memorial will preserve and document the outpouring of love and strength from our community during recent difficult times.

Here, we are sharing inspiring photographs from the moving floral tributes that spontaneously grew outside Lynn Valley Library and community art pieces and installations. We invite you to show your support for Lynn Valley, in pictures or words.

July 2021: Love Takes Over Lynn Valley Library

The Lynn Valley Love Project is a collaborative community art installation designed by local quilt designer and community project organizer Berene Campbell, with support from North Vancouver District Public Library and North Vancouver Recreation and Culture. Community members participated in two creative projects: a giant LOVE X-stitch created by hundreds of people and the Stairwell of Love, 68 banners made by quilters from across the country.

A number of other community-engaged art initiatives and donated artwork were also on display at the library, including a Kindness Quilt from staff and students at Upper Lynn Valley Elementary, Love Conquers All artwork with the United Way, a painting by Diana Coop and quilt made by Barb Craxton.

Latest News (May 11): Lynn Valley LOVE: A Community Healing Project 

You are invited to help spread the LOVE as our community continues its healing in the wake of the tragic attack on March 27, 2021.

Artist Berene Campbell, from Happy Sew Lucky, has helped support community members heal and overcome tragedies that occurred in Boston and Toronto. Berene, who lives in North Vancouver, hopes the calming and healing effects of stitching by hand can help uplift our spirits and bring light to a place where a dark event occurred. 

There are two ways to participate in this project depending on your skill level. Learn more.

News (May 5): Memorial planters at Lynn Valley Village Plaza

You will now notice two new beautiful planter boxes installed at Lynn Valley Plaza that are filled with plants and mementoes from the memorial tribute outside the library. 

Parks staff are collecting other flowers to preserve for compost that could be used in a future memorial garden. In addition, partner staff groups are working to digitally preserve the many cards, artwork and photos left at the memorial.

The memorial planter boxes, custom-built by our Parks carpenters, will remain in the plaza during the summer months. We are now talking to our community partners about longer-term options for a permanent memorial display. Look for an update shortly.

Our photo memorial

These powerful images and messages of hope and healing reflect the compassion and resiliency our community has shown while rallying together to support the victims, their families and friends, those who were witnesses, first responders and all others affected by this tragic event.

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Photos by Sarah Jane Photography

Planning next steps

With guidance from experts in victim and grief services, faith and cultural leaders and our community partners, we are planning next steps to address the ongoing needs of victims, families, and the community.

In the meantime, the flowers from the memorial have been carefully collected by DNV Parks staff, who separated them from plastics and preserved them for compost that could be used in a future memorial garden.