It`s sometimes hard to believe that a year has gone by without hearing Jim Deva`s voice. Deva, who fought for all our stories to be heard, celebrated and not censored, died suddenly in September 2014. He was a mentor to so many of us, an outspoken, irreverent and fearless champion of our community. It is only fitting that the new plaza in the works for the heart of our gay village be named in his honour. That so many community members, friends, family, loved ones and allies worked together to refine and approve a vision for the plaza in just over a year is a tribute to Deva and the community-building he inspired. As Trevor Kramer from the city`s LGBT advisory committee says, “It is a testament to what people can achieve when they come together for an important cause.” The City of Vancouver hopes to complete phase one of construction by the end of July 2016, just in time for Pride.
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